A Plan Comes Together

A Plan Comes Together

War and Peace (1225 pages), Atlas Shrugged (1168 pages), Trinity (800 pages), Ulysses (735 pages). These tomes find their place among the world’s longest books written. One doesn’t undertake their reading lightly. They are not stories to tackle while pre-occupied. The...
What’s on today’s agenda?

What’s on today’s agenda?

Deadline: historically, a line drawn around a prison beyond which prisoners would be shot. So, literally: a dead line. Today, somewhat less lethal, it indicates the final day, or minute, something must be completed. Our last house move, five years ago, had multiple...
With red, heart-shaped boxes?

With red, heart-shaped boxes?

According to the National Retail Federation, you and I spent $25,800,000,000 (yes, that is supposed to be billions!) on recent Valentine’s Day purchases: greetings cards #1, then candy, #2, then flowers, #3. When I visited the card shop looking for that perfect...
If You Ask Me…

If You Ask Me…

Holy Saturday. The day after Holy Friday. The second of three momentous days. After the frenzied, high drama of the past several days, a day of stillness. A day of near silence, even in the Scriptures. But not a day without reactions certainly, and wildly differing...
The Gift of Surrender

The Gift of Surrender

A Maundy Thursday scenario: It is a day of unparalleled heart heaviness for Jesus. He’s embraced his dearest friends, Lazarus, Mary, and Martha, weeping with them, for the final time. Re-entering Jerusalem, he’s greeted by a foreboding silence, the then-rejoicing,...