The power secret we’re missing

Secunderabad, India. A breeze teased a response from the thin fabric panels of a red and orange Maharajah tent where a small congregation sat cross-legged on the ground, their arms raised in a song of praise. Watchers stood outside, some curious, a few frowning, their arms folded, listening carefully. A …

Shadow talk

We all have one, uniquely our own. They move, but don’t live. They respond instantly, but can’t see, hear, or communicate. They touch us but we feel nothing. The tiniest can’t be picked up and the largest take up no space. Strange things, shadows. Since they were tiny, my grandbeans …

Faith Dancing

“It’s time to get your faith dancing,” croons gospel singer Sandi Patty. I’m sure she means the good days, when you live up to what you say you believe, and know you’d die for the same. When you sit slow at Jesus’ feet, and stand up fast for what you …

When Hope Caves In

Hope caves in, sometimes. Something goes amiss; sends us plunging.  What separates faith in Christ from optimism, in times like that? Oh, that’s a bad ‘un, older gardeners said when we told them a mole was punching tunnels in our septic- mound-turned- rock- garden. Not much you can do about …

Creature teachers

As I greeted daughter Amanda at the front door the other day, she pointed to something on the deck—a narrow strip of thickly-furred deer hide, a foot long, recently detached from its owner. She sighed. “Mom, are you bringing dead animals home again?” The family has never allowed me to …

Hope and Faith-lift

It’s a messy world out there these days, with more reasons to be down than up. On top of that, winter has outstayed its welcome. Hope of spring is running low, and we’re running out of Pollyanna phrases to cheer ourselves.  I’ve reserved a few statements of last resort, but …