A year and a life, past.

With the close of 2018 came the end of my dad’s life–an event long anticipated but nevertheless unexpected. The phone call to hasten us to his side came the week before Christmas. He flew to Heaven as we flew to be near him. But my sister and I were there to pick up the ashes […]

Where is thy sting?

Death has a way of making life seem short, and fragile and precious. It invades the comfortable rhythm of our commonplace days with a shocking finality! How can a friend, a spouse, a mother, be here one day in all her happy idiosyncrasies and gone the next? Death does not come in a predictable way. […]

Swallowed up by Life

“He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” Can you hear the tune of it… “This world is not my home; I’m just a-passin’ through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue… and I can’t feel at home in this world […]

The shining within…

It is the season of dying things…gardens, leaves, mosquitoes…and of funerals.  Our ‘small group’ lost a member this week.  Funerals have a way of bringing life as we know it to a halt and making us look at the life just beyond this one, the life we have a hard time keeping in view as […]

Good enough for me!

 I have to chuckle sheepishly to myself this week as I chew on some good words:.“So much of our praise to the Lord is limited to the moments when we have determined that what He has done is good…in these situations we praise God for His faithfulness.” (Paul Tripp, War of Words, 74) When things […]