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The Poor King Who Made Me Rich

So the long-awaited Messiah, God incarnate, was forced to make his arrival in a rudimentary barn that reeked of animal poo? Seems like pretty poor planning–perhaps a tactical error by the Almighty? Unless it wasn’t. Doesn’t a God-ordained no-vacancy sign in Bethlehem align with everything else I know about his thirty-odd years in human flesh? […]

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A Big God for Little People

  How radical, how counter-cultural that God’s place of honor is not in the headlines. Or in the Oval Office. Or on the cover of People magazine. Lord, just because I’m still a nobody in the world’s eyes and I faced hard things this year, it doesn’t mean you’re weakening or removing your hand from […]

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Not-So-Great Expectations

  I remain confident of this:     I will see the goodness of the Lord     in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 It’s been the best of times; it’s been the worst of times. Okay, I realize I’m mixing my Dickens references, but after a year marked by both jubilant celebrations and scorching heartaches, that’s how […]

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My Soul Magnifies the Lord

Who Am I, Lord?

Who am I that you would come to me, Lord? In the Christmas narrative, Mary, overcome by a growing understanding that she carries the savior of the world in her teenage womb, bursts out in reverent song. She begins “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has […]

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Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Lord, prepare my heart. Help me to meditate on and anticipate your coming . . . Coming to bring truth to our troubled, questioning, seeking world. Coming to save and to renew. Coming to bring your peace into the chaos of my own heart and mind. Ever ski down a steep, heavily moguled run? There once […]

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When It’s Divine to Mourn

  {Originally posted October 2, 2014} If you ran into me in town lately and I told you I was fine, I was sort of lying. Please don’t take it personally; I was lying to myself too. I see now that I’ve been in a bit of a funk. As usual, I didn’t recognize it […]

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A Loyal Love {A Devotional}

Back in the perm-it-and-bleach-it days of the early 90s, I arrived home, excited to show off my new hairstyle. But my little boy, Sean, eyed me with suspicion. “What’s wrong?” I said. “You don’t like Mommy’s hair?” He pouted. “You look like somebody else’s mommy.” In that moment, Sean’s huge, sad eyes revealed his greatest […]

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When Someone Close Needs an Avalanche of Hope

  When I said “Come sit on the bed,” she just planted her legs straight like prison bars and asked why. I patted the comforter next to me and mustered up my best impression of a mother who has no intention of giving up. She plopped down heavy with a sigh and buried her stone […]

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