Why This Morning is Different

The day after Christmas is such a let-down sometimes. It is all about putting away the glitter, boxing up the sparkle, and moving the music to the bottom of the play list for another year. Baby Jesus has been born, but his parents have taken him to Egypt, and we...

How to Prepare More than Baskets for Easter

I love Easter baskets!  And I hope yours overflows with all things chocolate and chewy this year. But it is a good thing no little people are counting on me to fill one. This week is crazy busy for me. We are getting ready to move our medical clinic from temporary...

Singing to the Air

  I was standing in worship tonight, and I had a startling clear moment where I thought like an atheist. Not that I suddenly stopped believing in God. But for one moment, I saw our worship service as it must look to someone who claims to believe God does not...

The What-If Game

As a writer, I’m really good at playing the What-If Game. What if a mysterious stranger shows up at the lake cabin my lead character rents for the summer? What if Madge smashes into an ice cream truck and gets sentenced to community service? What if a small...

Thank You, Mr. Dickens

Sometimes, we show up for the day job and assume the casual conversations or routine chores are having no impact in the world. We wonder if anything we do or say will ever truly matter. Read on.   When John Molina and his friend, Rene, came to visit the United...

Sailing with Friends

I’ve been reading about the Apostle Paul. Just finished the big shipwreck scene on the way to a Roman prison in Acts 27. Storms, near starvation, threat of assasination, destruction of the vessel, floating to shore on a wooden plank. Paul’s life was one...