A Divine Sing-along

“Dear Jesus, thank you for mommy and daddy and thank you for everything… …and thank you for singing with us today.” The words caught me totally off-guard.  Thank you for singing with us today. Spoken innocently, but sincerely.  Heartfelt and genuine.  And with full conviction.  Jesus sang with us today. I had just finished a … [Read more…]

Book Review: The Circle Maker

Aaahhh.  The good ol’ summertime.  That blessed time of year when I can do stuff like…nothing.  Well, not really nothing because that’s not how I roll.  But for me, sitting on a couch, or even in a chair, for more than the length of a 30-minute piano lesson counts as “doing nothing.”  Even if I … [Read more…]

Red-Letter Days

Well, it happened again. Right there in Dunkin Donuts this morning, while I was enjoying an oh-so-good vanilla chai and an oh-not-so-good chocolate mint oreo donut.  Serves me right for eating carbs AND refined sugar, I know.  But right there, in mid-bite, it happened: I had one of those “apostrophe” things. Smee: I’ve just had … [Read more…]

The First Word of Christmas

I know Christ will always be in Christmas because He is the first word. So read the message my daughter wrote in her Christmas card to our pastor.  And once again, just like that, God spoke His truth out of the mouth – or the pen – of a child. I know what she meant.  … [Read more…]

What Matters Most

Hoo-boy.  What a week. And not in that “Christmas-is-a-week-away-and-I’m-not-done-with-my-shopping” sort of way.  No, this is far more serious. It’s been a week where “peace on earth, goodwill toward men” has been replaced by division and strife, and ugly words – words like “racist”, “intolerant”, “hater”, to name a few – have been hurled across social … [Read more…]

Great Expectations

You’ve heard it said God moves in mysterious ways.  But what you probably didn’t know is that He also speaks at mysterious times, especially to me. Not like Moses, who witnessed the miracle of a bush completely on fire yet not burning up.  Not like Joseph the carpenter, whose dreams blurred the line between imagination … [Read more…]

Be the One

Several years ago, I was given a book entitled 212: The Extra Degree.  The basic premise is the following: At 211º water is hot. At 212º, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. The one extra degree makes the difference. This simple analogy reflects the ultimate definition of … [Read more…]

Into Africa, Third Verse: Dancing Like Elephants

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, … [Read more…]