A Leafy Canopy

The nature trails near my city home meander through the woods. Beneath overarching branches of walnut, cottonwood, ash, and others, I walk in shade, the leafy canopy protecting me from the summer’s heat. Here I enjoy temperatures ten degrees cooler than the sunnier pathways. As I walk, I listen for broken twigs, alerting me toContinue reading “A Leafy Canopy”

Sermon Snippet

In the sermon snippets, I’ll share words of wisdom from a sermon of my pastor’s. “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 (NIV) Here are a few take-aways from my pastor’s sermon over James 3:17.Continue reading “Sermon Snippet”

Rivers of Peace

In a world torn by conflicts, disease, and war, people seek peace. Even in our homes, peace at times seems elusive.  Couples bicker and divorce, siblings argue and fight.  The book of Isaiah sheds light on peace: “If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river” (48:18aContinue reading “Rivers of Peace”

Our God Restores

Our God Restores “Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.” Psalm 51:8 My heart breaks for our country. It’s broken, divided along political lines, along racial lines. Angry hearts, pointing fingers, violence and divisiveness separate us. Broken bones. Broken hearts. God of restoration, heal our land, knit togetherContinue reading “Our God Restores”

The Caterpillar’s Change

Picture the caterpillar: its tiny legs work furiously, and its belly nearly drags the earth as it inches along, crawling from plant to plant, contentedly munching its leafy green diet. But one day the caterpillar changes. It stops eating and spins a cocoon where it stays, snug and secure. Eventually, it emerges, totally changed. FormerlyContinue reading “The Caterpillar’s Change”

Reflected Sunlight

A narrow shaft of morning light streams across the table. Right in its path sits a water bottle. As I write in my journal and turn the pages of my Bible, the water in the bottle shakes ever so slightly. The sunlight reflecting off and through that water dances on the table, bright white andContinue reading “Reflected Sunlight”