Monthly Archives: November 2012

Luke 21:25-36

Luke 21:25-36 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down … Be alert at all times.” An associate shared this story. It was 1:00 a.m. and I was making my rounds as a night watchman on the 17th floor of a lower-loop… Continue reading




I Thessalonians 3:9-13

I Thessalonians 3:9-13 “Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you.” Paul waits to get together with his friends with the sure and certain hope that one day they will all be a part of Jesus’ welcoming… Continue reading




Psalm 25:1-10

Psalm 25:1-10 “Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” Henny taught me what the Psalmist was waiting and yearning for. She grew up in orphanages in her early years… Continue reading




Jeremiah 33:14-16

Jeremiah 33:14-16 Advent is a time of waiting with anticipation. Children visit Santa with their long lists. Adults may buy an extra lottery ticket to fuel their dreams. The biggest Christmas gift I ever received was one that never really physically happened, but was still… Continue reading




Luke 21:25-36

Luke 21:25-36 The year was 1924. Ingvald said good-bye to Bertha and his two preschool-aged sons, and set sail from Norway to America. It was the land of promise. Life was bleak for Ingvald and his young family if they stayed in Norway. Ingvald promised… Continue reading




This is My Father’s World

This is My Father’s World My father nearly died a few weeks ago and is stable now only because medical technology has advanced so far in the last few years. As I write, our family is waiting to hear what is next. We do not… Continue reading




Crown Him with Many Crowns

Crown Him with Many Crowns I get a little antsy when we sing songs like this. When Jesus starts wearing crowns, I’m afraid it’s only a few steps away from draping him in flags and claiming him for one political faction or another. The only… Continue reading




John 18:33-37

John 18:33-37 Truth can be elusive in a large family. Growing up, even thou I had a brother and sister, I was raised by my grandparents, and we could usually get to the bottom of the big questions like, “Who broke this?” or “Why is… Continue reading




John 18:33-37

John 18:33-37 Jesus tells Pilate that his kingdom is not from this world, which might appease Pilate. After all, Pilate’s business is protecting Caesar’s worldly kingdom. Yet, Jesus preached God’s kingdom coming near, approaching closer every day, even breaking into this world, perhaps more of… Continue reading




Revelation 1:4b-8

Revelation 1:4b-8 I was once at a funeral where a mother was burying her grown son, a grief that is beyond the knowing of those who have not experienced it. What I remember of that funeral were the words of the pastor, who spoke of… Continue reading