Finding God in a year of tears

For millions around the world, for as long as our tired globe spins (and can it endure much longer before Jesus returns?) the year of 2017 will be remembered as a year of tears. Loss. Devastation. Unspeakable horror. Many of us stared at our devices recently, reading and watching the …

Are you hurting? God is near

Today some of my readers didn’t have the luxury of waking at home, surrounded by the familiar, the comfortable, the beloved. Unwanted circumstances have transferred them elsewhere, and life’s ground feels, if not shaky, at least spongy. I understand. I love waking at home. Mostly. Today, the sun’s piercing rays …

Trust God through your disease

Ten years ago the Preacher was diagnosed with West Nile Neurological Disease. Five years ago, colon cancer, stage four, followed. This summer marks the point where he will be declared officially in remission.  We’re so grateful. During the cancer journey, I wrote these words to praying friends: “Psalm 20:7 reads, …

Farewell to a hero

Nine days before Christmas, the Preacher and I sat in a hushed sanctuary paying respects to one of our heroes. We had met Isabel Barnsley nine years earlier, shortly after both she and the Preacher contracted West Nile Neurological Disease. She was 79, and not expected to live at first. …

Bad news? God is still God

Checking texts, opening emails, answering the phone – some days I’d rather ignore those tasks.  The other day they carried to me three bits of negative news.  A beloved relative lay dying. A close friend didn’t get the job we’d hoped and prayed for. The birthday party for a dear …

Give – but give wisely

Eva had a huge heart – no one would deny that. Generous throughout her life, her habit of generosity became overblown in her senior years. She seemed resolved to out-give God himself. But her too often unwise giving choices had the opposite effect she’d hoped for. She became the victim …