Renovations

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. – Philippians 1:6 (NLT) This is what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian (Greek) church in the first few lines of his letter to them. What ... Continue reading

Flight

Hummingbirds don’t share. They each claim exclusive rights to my feeder and they stand guard in the branches of the Palo Verde tree, zooming out to dive-bomb any others who would dare take a drink. The two will then soar and swoop and attack and retreat at lightning speeds, and finally rest, waiting ... Continue reading

Life is meaningless?

"The answer to the Great Question... of Life, the Universe and Everything..." said Deep Thought. "Is... forty-two." – The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. I was watching a YouTube video on mental health, appreciating some very good, very practical advice, when the hostess ... Continue reading

In the dark wood

“In the middle of the journey of my life I found myself in a dark wood, and though I finally seem to have reached its far edge and started to make my way back into the light, one thing hasn't changed: the people that I love keep dying on me. I noticed to my surprise a few years ago that most of my ... Continue reading

A forgotten child

Two thousand and twenty-odd years ago, a heavily-pregnant teenager was beginning to feel labor pains in a strange town, miles from family and friends. Generations of us have been told of her story as small children and have sung of it year after year, always moved by her innocence and vulnerability, ... Continue reading

Training for endurance

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing ... Continue reading

Should we have children?

“The decision to have children has always struck me as an essentially selfish one: You choose, out of a desire for fulfillment or self-betterment or curiosity or boredom or baby-mania or peer pressure, to bring a new human into this world. And it has never seemed more selfish than today. From a ... Continue reading

I don’t just believe; I know

“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. “And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” — Job 19:25-27 (NIV) I know. I am convinced. I ... Continue reading