This is a post from Fay Rowe’s, daughter, Gillian Fritzsche. The other day, I was driving in the mid-afternoon to pick up my children from school. I turned a corner and started driving down a small hill. As I drove, I saw a mama pushing a stroller up the hill on the side walk. Her … More He Delights In You
The Sunday before Christmas 1991 dawned bright and crisp, and our city was a glistening Christmas card after Saturday’s snow storm. Noisy snow squeaked underfoot as I trudged hurriedly to the entrance of the church. I was the worship leader and running late. I had dawdled way too long at home, mulling over whether or … More Five First Christmases
Does it feel both odd and appropriate that we should be reading this chapter on Christmas Eve? Odd, perhaps, in the midst of our preparations for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, but wonderful that, at the same time, we can rejoice in his victory over death. After this journey we have been on with Jesus … More Luke 24: A New Chapter
We are at the beginning of the end of Jesus ministry on earth. It is the turning point of history and of the relationship between God and Man, and a fulfillment, of sorts, of Simeon’s prayer of praise in the temple so long ago. There is so much here—what makes for greatness, the foretelling of … More Luke 22: The Beginning
There’s something about the red words that draws me in—and this chapter is all in red. It’s Jesus talking. All red, that is, except for the usual prelude setting the scene, telling us the actors. Telling us who is listening and learning, and who is listening but not learning a thing. The tax collectors and … More Luke 15: Priceless
This chapter starts with the heading “The Calling of the First Disciples”. Until now, Jesus traveled and ministered alone (which, oddly, I hadn’t noticed before today). Some of the men he eventually called might have been in the crowds that were constantly searching him out “to hear the word of God”. Certainly, living in or … More Luke 5: The Beginning
September has become a strange month for me. I sometimes don’t know where to look. I was a fourth grade teacher in my younger days, and September was a forward-looking month back then. Everything was new. New students! New responsibilities! New possibilities! New clothes! 😉 Now decades later, that perspective has changed. September has me … More Remember
It’s Valentines Day tomorrow. Memories of paper hearts passed secretly or in decorated boxes in elementary school, fantasies about a romantic dance on a faraway beach, or even a sweet picture of a senior couple holding hands on a park bench, all support our belief in the reality, endurance, and power of Love. And this … More Believing In Love Takes Courage
It’s a common question. I ask it. Maybe you, too? Perhaps, most often, looking for some way to connect with a stranger at a party, or even a new neighbour, to see if we have something in common. But, sometimes, it can simply be a manifestation of Human-Doing-Identity-Seeking Syndrome. And yes, I made that title up, but … More “What is it that YOU do?”
We are awaiting, with deliberately exercised patience, the arrival of our first grandchild. Recently, both Glenn and I have noticed a heightened interest in Baby’s R Us, Carters, Osh Kosh, or any other store that carries baby clothes or paraphernalia, and whenever we pass them in a mall we turn in without even discussing it. … More Baby’s Almost Here!
Still talking about love! God’s intention, at least part of the end game of God’s love perfected in us, is that we give it out. Like he does. Nothing that I say on this blog should be contrued as “God’s love ends with me.” God loves me as much as he does anyone else; of … More Nice Jewish Boy
“By this we know love..” (1 John 2:16). The beloved disciple and apostle John writes about love a lot, and in a very authoritative way. He walked with Jesus, talked with him, felt very relaxed with him and seems to consider he was special to Jesus. He saw love in action every day. Not just … More Perfected Love
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