Ugly Robes

Ugly Robes

Such an ugly robe. Such a dreary color. The color of death and the stench of past mistakes. It attaches to the skin, heavy and hard to take off. But. But I was given a new robe. A perfect gift. Once of brilliance and overwhelming newness. This one attaches permanently...
The End Of Aloneness

The End Of Aloneness

Isaiah 53:3 (NLT) He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Jesus died for our aloneness. All that he suffered was for us. And, His...
The First “Shelter-In-Place” Easter

The First “Shelter-In-Place” Easter

I must confess that there are times that I don’t know what to do. I often pray to God for wisdom. But recently, I have been at a loss as to how we should handle Easter during a pandemic. “God, how do we make a big deal about the biggest deal of all? We are supposed to...
So… Try Not To Panic, but…

So… Try Not To Panic, but…

“Sheriff, this is no time to panic!”   “This is the PERFECT time to panic! I’m lost, Andy is gone, they’re gonna move to their new house in 2 days, and it’s all your fault!” Even if our lives have never felt like a scene from Toy Story before, it can be tough to not...
Accepting The Invitation

Accepting The Invitation

At it’s heart, Christmas is all about an invitation. God inviting us to trust Him. In fact, the entire Christmas story can be looked at as a string of invitations, one right after the other. First, Zechariah and Elizabeth. Then Mary. Joseph. The shepherds. The angel...
Getting UnStuck

Getting UnStuck

It’s eight o’clock on a Saturday evening when the phone rings. “Hey, Jim! How’s it going!” “Horrible.”    “Dude, what’s the matter? What’s going on? Are Sylvia and the kids okay?”    “No, they’re fine. It’s just—I didn’t know who else to call.”    “Hey, whatever it...