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A Shoot Sprang Forth

I was at a retreat center recently on a cold, windy drizzly day. I had a raincoat, boots and a sweater but even with all that, I still didn’t want to wander outside too much. The dark colors, broken limbs, dead leaves, gray sky and harsh wind all reminded me of the seeming death in […]

The Source

As a young boy, Frank loved milk.  For breakfast he had milk and cereal.  At lunch he always drank milk with his sandwich and his mom made him hot chocolate milk after school.   And, yes, like all kids, he loved to dip Oreos in his milk.   Frank loved it when his mom went […]

Awakened Souls

At the entrance to Wal-Mart and other stores this time of year, you’ll hear the familiar Salvation Army bell ringing on behalf of the voiceless…for those in need.  Perhaps you’ll be inclined to give an extra gift or two….maybe even bake something for a neighbor or donate items to a charity. This heart of giving […]

The Joy of Giving

Recently, a group of us from the Atlanta suburbs went downtown to volunteer with an inner city ministry called Atlanta Dream Center.   After an hour or so putting together food bags and getting prepared, we jumped in our car and followed three youth leaders at Dream Center to our destination….a housing project of largely […]

When trouble comes

From 1991 – 1993 scientists embarked on a bold mission to replicate the world’s biological systems in an enclosed facility called Biosphere II.  The Arizona-based experiment included a crew that lived in the “closed world” for two years.  The crew grew their own food, did experiments, learned how to function together (that part of the […]

He Walks Beside

If you are like me, you probably have days when you get so wrapped up in life’s rapid-fire events that you leave God out.  Everyday events, conflicts, fears, interpersonal clashes, decisions and trials get solved….more or less…on our own.   This, to say the least, does not result in the inner peace that God promises us. I am fortunate that in a […]

Freedom Now.

I visited a prison recently as part of my job.  As I walked along a sidewalk near some repair work being done, I was struck by the sight of several jail cell doors stacked on top of each other.  These once impermeable doors were now of no use for keeping prisoners at bay.  What once […]

Instead I yearn for Your imbue

Pride was the great sin that started in motion a sad state for Adam and Eve and the entire human race.   Humility and dependance on God is the opposite of pride.   Pride says, “I can do it”….humility toward God says “You can do it”. It was Saint Augustine who said, “Do you wish to rise? Begin by […]

And a bird sang out

Is it true that God is really with us…all the time?…even when things seem out of control, disorganized, and life’s purpose seems hollow?  Is God still there when people hurt you, when you get slighted or when you feel inferior to everyone around you? Ever been in a meeting where personalities clashed, emotions roared and feelings […]

My Soul’s Reprieve

If you struggle with depression, guilt, loneliness, shame, sin, emptiness, sorrow….or if you sense that there are corners of your heart that are not aligned to the Maker….lift this prayer to God above. My Soul’s Reprieve My heavy heart, oh tired and gray its weight I surely feel longing for a fairer day when buds to blossom deal. ~ Then […]