When God feels absent—what then?

All the years I’ve written his column, Emmanuel—God with us—has sat with me, helping me shape it into something useable. We’ve written in relative quietness, sitting alone with my computer in my office or another quiet space. Hotel, hospital or hostel; guest room, garage or great outdoors. Have I ever …

Good theology fosters a good marriage

The Preacher has officiated at numerous marriage ceremonies and counseled countless couples in crisis. But his biggest accomplishment may be that he’s remained married to me for so long. “Happy thirty-sixth anniversary!” we said to each other earlier this year. I can’t remember which of us added, “Here’s to thirty …

To open your heart, open your home

Two bedrooms and one bathroom makes long streams of more-than-overnight company an interesting experience for the Preacher and me. We’ve had almost nine weeks of such experiences since June. Long-stay guest visits always mold me into someone different; someone more flexible, less selfish, more loving. God knows I need that. …

No More Good Samaritans?

Monday, September 24th. An exquisite afternoon in my parents’ city–until my father discovered something had gone missing. Daddy set out on his mobility scooter to visit a friend in the hospital almost across the road. En-route home, his scooter tumbled off a curb and he tumbled off the scooter, hitting …

A different harvest perspective

“Would you like a combine ride?” a friend asked in late September. Would I? Would I? In over two decades of flatland living, no one had ever asked. Later that week I perched in the cab of her family’s air-conditioned combine. Ripe canola, resting in neatly swathed rows, stretched clear …