Monthly Archives: March 2017

Forsaken Feelings

Forsaken Feelings by Joni   “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ — which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'” Matthew 27:46 I received a letter the other day from a man who… Continue reading




John 11:1-45 # 2

John 11:1-45 # 2   We are assured over and over again that even in our suffering, God is with us. And yet, most of us suspect, at one time or another, that Mary and Martha are absolutely right: if God were with us, our… Continue reading




“You Did It for Me”

“You Did It for Me”     “Then the King will say, ‘I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink?’ The King will reply,… Continue reading




John 11:1-45

John 11:1-45   Jesus’ words to Martha from John 11:25-26 are familiar, comforting words often read at funerals: “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus’ last question to Martha in that speech, though, is often left out: “Do you believe me?” When I read… Continue reading




Winter’s End

Winter’s End by Joni   “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 I’m getting tired of winter. But not the… Continue reading




Romans 8:6-11

Romans 8:6-11   “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.” The language of resurrection from the… Continue reading




Mary Listened

Mary Listened     “Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples,… Continue reading




Psalm 130

Psalm 130   I wonder what it was like to be a night watchman on the wall of ancient Jerusalem, eyes peeled and body tensed to meet any coming threat. I imagine it was something like the feeling I had the night my infant daughter… Continue reading




You Are God’s Friend If…

You Are God’s Friend If…     “You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:14 How do you like your friends? Do you like them to be faithful and loyal? Encouraging, thoughtful, and kind? Of course you do. But how many… Continue reading




Ezekiel 37:1-14

Ezekiel 37:1-14   When I ponder the mystery that is the resurrection of the body, which we affirm whenever we recite the Apostles’ Creed, I think about this passage from Ezekiel. Bones of people long dead, bones bearing the chips and breaks of ancient warfare,… Continue reading