I Love to Tell the Story

I Love to Tell the Story

There was a liar. Then, a cheat, an adulterer, a foreigner, a prostitute, a rebel, a blasphemer, a braggart . . . This is the line-up of Jesus’ ancestors. A motley bunch to say the least! More, these sparkling examples of society’s finest were God-seen, God-loved,...
And the story continues

And the story continues

I felt it was a bit over-dramatic the first few times I heard it. At the beginning of my time inFrance, in response to some comment I would make, a French person would reply withsomething like, “You don’t understand. We bear the centuries-old weight of our people.”...
How Romantic!

How Romantic!

It’s embarrassing to get to the end of telling a great joke and then forget the punchline. It’s frustrating to be telling someone about a great book you’ve read, to be asked the inevitable question: ‘Who wrote it?’ only to come up blank. And then there are the times...
Every Life a Miracle

Every Life a Miracle

From parents to beach lifeguards to bodyguards to EMTs to medical personnel to Fire & Rescue to Search & Rescue, it is a common thread – preserve life and safety to whatever extent it is possible, many times putting the rescuers at great risk in the process....
Don’t bring me flowers…

Don’t bring me flowers…

“Actions speak louder than words and are more to be regarded.” This phrase has been repeated, sung, postered, morphed, and pondered much over the last few centuries. Only this week, am I seeing its fruit differently than I’ve considered before. Visiting my big brother...
“Come and listen to my story about…”

“Come and listen to my story about…”

What child hasn’t thrilled to hear a story read to them? What child, once enthralled with a particular story, hasn’t begged to hear it read again . . . and again . . . and again . . . Why is it that they seem to never tire of hearing the same familiar words over and...
Cardio with a Difference

Cardio with a Difference

I think Paul was jubilant that day. He held in his hand official orders from the High Priest, a search warrant to seek out and arrest everyone they found in Damascus who still professed to be a follower of that rabblerouser, Jesus of Nazareth, even though the man...
Up, Up, and Away!

Up, Up, and Away!

“Just when the caterpillar thought life was over, it became a butterfly.” I was powerfully impacted the first time I saw this saying written on a ceramic plaque, but, at the time, without knowing why. Now I know that it was for today’s note. I wonder if the...
Twelve is a Whole Number

Twelve is a Whole Number

IMAGINE: your domain is in Fine Art painting, and you set yourself a goal of creating, day by day, month by month, a visual depiction of your year, 2023. You set up an easel by the window in your studio, put your blank canvas in place, assemble the paints, and wait...
Which one of these is not like the other?

Which one of these is not like the other?

In the northern climes of Scandinavia, it’s normal to have barely any winter sun rising above the horizon during the day, and barely any sun setting below the horizon all summer. In a desert climate, it’s normal to have extreme temperature swings from day to night. In...