God’s Will in Life and Death

Pastor Leslie Weatherhead helped me to understand the will of God when I was angry and in pain (see my blog on August 31). He explained that there are three distinctive phases in God’s will: intentional (God’s ideal plan for man—his original creation) circumstantial (God’s plan within certain circumstances—what we experience in our lives in… Read More

light sources: faith in the yet unseen

The sun is shining but how can I reflect its rays when storm clouds of fear and pain block their passage to my soul. My bed is floating on a flood of nightly tears; my gut writhes and clenches as I cry out to you for mercy and help. How long, Oh Lord, how much… Read More

What should my scandalous life look like?

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary gives this full definition of scandal: a :  discredit brought upon religion by unseemly conduct in a religious person b :  conduct that causes or encourages a lapse of faith or of religious obedience in another loss of or damage to reputation caused by actual or apparent violation of morality or propriety : disgrace a : … Read More

“Are you the one?”

I have a need to know, to understand how and why, to figure out how things work, to comprehend the ins and outs of people’s thinking, including my own. I love the light-bulb moment when all is illuminated, when things make sense, when I can see how we got from there to here. And so… Read More

Noah’s advent

Noah spent 120 years in advent–that’s how long he spent waiting and “becoming”for the big natural disaster that God told him was coming. He had a few things to do to get ready–like build a boat that was as long as a football field plus half. He had to get buy-in from his wife and… Read More

Daily decision

We all get dressed, and some of us accessorize. We all gather whatever it is we will need to get us through the day. But do we remember the most important thing–do we start our days with praise? Looking in the closet or the open dresser drawer can become a time to remind ourselves to… Read More