He is With Us – Always

  Are you going to send hard-copy Christmas cards this year?     Our first card arrived on December 1st! Wow! What punctuality. I’ll be lucky if the cards I do send arrive in time for New Year’s. But more impressive than the early arrival was the simple, yet profound message “Immanuel – God With Us.”     When I read or hear that word, “Immanuel,” I think of  God stepping out of heaven to be     read more

The Dead End of Bitterness

Maybe you’re at odds with God today? … And maybe you feel like you’ve got good reason to be.   This thing you’re dealing with; deep emotional hurt, physical pain, loss, mental anguish…just doesn’t seem right.   You don’t want to accept what’s happening to you. You think you should have some say, some choice in the matter. Maybe you     read more

A Prayer for Those Left Behind

  Heavenly Father, Our emotions are raw. Our hearts are broken. Our faith is rattled. We are scared. Hear us as we pray in these days of aftermath and funerals for the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. We lift to you all suffering the unfathomable loss of family members, little children and friends struggling to process their pain and anger.     read more

Horror or Hallowed for Halloween?

“Mommy, what are you going to be for Halloween?”   I could hardly wait to hear the answer and inched a little closer to the costume rack. Yes, I was eavesdropping, but that’s what writers do.   “I think I’ll be a witch,” the young mother said, and placed a pointed black hat on her head.    “A witch! But you’re so pretty, and witches are ugly. I want     read more