Tag Archives: fear

strength for weary pilgrims

“Look at the starry sky—Jesus strewed it with its jewelry… Look at that enchanting landscape—Jesus enamelled it with its loveliness… Look at that cloud-capped mountain—Jesus reared it… Look at that beauteous lily—Jesus painted it… Look at that soaring bird—Jesus feeds … Continue reading

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trampled the waves of the sea

“…how can a man be in the right before God? He is wise in heart and mighty in strength… who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea; …who does great things beyond searching out, and … Continue reading

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God walked again in the garden

“On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had … Continue reading

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before my closing eyes

“Abide with us: For it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” Luke 24:29 The story goes that as Henry Francis Lyte sat by his dying friend’s bedside, his friend, with his last breaths, kept repeating the imploring … Continue reading

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Alone.

Alone can be nice. Alone can mean a moment away from all the busyness. Alone can mean time to mentally  process. But alone, away from, or even in the middle of all the busyness, can also mean loneliness. When alone means … Continue reading

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In that day

When do factors in this life make you feel unsafe? Which injustices make you angry? What experiences cause you to yearn for a world where hurt is no longer tolerated, where danger has no place, and where evil no longer … Continue reading

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You might be the person God would use in a pretender’s life

I watched the three of them. One with porcelain beauty, shy, reserved, made nervous by my boisterous veneer and hard-partying reputation. One a song-bird, singing and humming her way through Christian tunes I didn’t quite recognize. I remember thinking she seemed to … Continue reading

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companionship

We were made for companionship. For tender togetherness. For moments of sweet contentment, created by and enfolded in deep relationship. We yearn to be known, to be seen through, to be accepted for who we fear we really are: To … Continue reading

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present weariness traded for everlasting gladness

“Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely … Continue reading

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I am by no means eager to enlist cowards

Does your heart ache for persecuted Christians around the world? I keep thinking of the college students shot dead in Kenya last week. It’s reported that the attackers “sorted people out,” and then shot the Christians “on the spot.” In … Continue reading

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everyday wonder and worship

Many mornings when I leave the house, head down, running late, thoughts whirring with lists of the duties of the day ahead, I’m stopped in my hurried tracks by the sound of a songbird’s lilting voice from leafy branches. God … Continue reading

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Worth a thousand words

I’ve not been able to get this picture out of my mind. You may have seen it. The man on the left is the pope. The man on the right suffers from a disease that causes tumors to grow inside … Continue reading

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Upside down in a ditch of despair

“Why are you cast down, O my soul?  Why are you in turmoil within me?” (Psalm 42:5) When have you found your soul in turmoil? When have your cries sounded like those of the psalmist?  Maybe you’re there even now … Continue reading

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