Hard-Wired, Fit For Heaven

It was my senior year, county championships, mile run.  My coach had entered me because he said I might break the county record.  My personal best was 15 seconds faster than any other runner in the field.  On the starting line I leered at my competition, literally growled at them, saliva running onto my beard. …

A Sow Named Gertrude

There’s a sow who lives on my daughter Brianna’s farm named Gertrude. Because of her trim figure, she has avoided being a pork chop, and become a pet. A while back dogs attacked her and ran off with her ears.  Yea, that’s right, her ears! Oh, don’t feel too sad for Gertrude, she’s still one…

Three Questions…

Another one in the books.  Another 365 days, the slow grind of a year, that now glancing back, feels more like a runaway train. Today I take pause before the train leaves the station of 2023, and ask myself three questions.  Perhaps one of these will resonate with you.  Did I view myself as God does?…

A Moment with the Trinity

The Lord has given us boundless imaginations.  Join me as I picture a moment with the Trinity. I see them ion’s ago; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, sitting down at the far side of the universe to decide which one would interpret love to the soon coming human race.  Each one of equal worth,…

Going to Work with Dad

My father put me to work at an early age.  At six years old he gave me my first job; to carry 92 fire brick up to the second story of a home in progress.  He gave me until lunch to do it.  A mixture of fear and awe settled over me.  Fear that if…

The Daring Dream

Christmas, the daring dream, Creeps ever closer. The silent night’s Holy birth of God, awash Into a world of angels. Children’s faces, Joy! Alighted by surprise, Squinting into mystery, Watch Him, who fell so far. Oh, sons of earth, Come! See Him, as we rehearse The daring dream of the star. 

Contemplation – One Step of Hope at a Time

A couple years ago, after heart issues had me in and out of the hospital, I fell into a dark place.  I use the word dark to describe how sleep escaped me, and how each successive night of wide-eyed toss and turns left me weaker, more anxious and wondering if I’d ever get a full…

Contemplative Prayer-The Fire of transformation

It’s clear from scripture that God is fire. Moses stood before a burning bush, as well as followed that same pillar of fire guiding him in the desert.  Tongues of fire appeared over the heads of the apostles at Pentecost.  The Bible describes God as a consuming fire.  Which reminds me of a little bon…

Contemplative Prayer-Seeing the Son of Man

On the day after my first son was born, I stood at the discharge counter; only KJ wasn’t going home.  We needed to transfer him to the children’s hospital trauma center.  The night before a kind doctor had explained to us that our son was a very sick little boy, needing 3-4 operations the first…

Contemplative Prayer-In Whose Arms?

For contemplative prayer to be grounded, it relies on two movements of faith.  The first happens when we reach for the person of Jesus Christ in his invitation to “come.” In my mind’s eye I see his arm stretched toward me, the same way it was stretched on the cross and nailed in place. His…

Free & Fearless

The new assistant to the prime minister was nervous; he had never been around such a powerful man.  When he got to the massive entrance to the mansion, his trembling finger pushed the doorbell. He waited, heart pounding.  Suddenly, the doors swung open, and there in the foyer was the man he feared, down on…

Naming the Clouds

“Be still and know that I am God.” Be still and know that I am Be still and know Be still Be”  I grew up in a little yellow house set off a gravel road.   In front of us was an orchard, and behind us a thick band of woods.  My brother JoJo and I…