Praising God: The Cloudscape

A dear friend of mine and a fellow blogger posted online that he was suddenly becoming more aware of how important it is to spend time in praise of God. And I thought “wow! amazingly simply but very profound.” and I am resolved to spend more time in praise. I hope to encourage you in…

Sabbath Rest

This painting by French artist James Tissot (1836-1902) really captured my attention this week. I loved all the little details he chose to pack onto his canvas. It seems to me that he might have been trying to capture a quiet Sunday afternoon in his home. A woman is shown reclining and reading a newspaper…

A Summertime Pause

Summertime is a time for stepping back and taking a break from our very hectic pace of life and enjoying some much needed quality time outdoors. I look forward to the warm temperatures and relaxed schedule that summer provides for me so that I might work on new projects; make  progress on my stack of…

Who is my enemy?

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” ~(Matthew 5: 43) For some time now, I have been thinking about this passage–about Jesus’ challenging words that we should pray for our enemies.  Difficult to put into practice and yet if…

A Time For Singing

Standing Vigil Watching for the crack of light that will spread across the horizon. Longing to see the warmth of those rays of energy beaming to break into the darkness. But what shall we do while we wait? How can we comfort our broken spirit? How do we face the horror without communing with the evil…

Sowing the Seeds of Peace

I’m calling for an independant council. I hope you will join me. But I’m calling for a different kind of council…and that is one of peace. Dear Lord send us an independent counselor who can help all sides of this political and cultural civil discord that we are now experiencing, to sit down at the table together…