A Student of My Father.

Jesus answered, “Don’t you know me, Phillip, even after I have been among you such a long time?” John 14:9 (NIV) There’s a scene in the iconic movie, Titanic, where Jack Dawson is accused of having stolen an impressive diamond necklace from the fiercely jealous fiance´ of main character, Rose DeWitt Bukater. Turned out, Jack […]

The Likeness of My Father.

When I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. Psalm 17:15 (NIV) My dad is 93. He’s fragile and ambulates just beyond a snail’s pace. But being so slow, he’s more attune to the beauty of his surroundings. In a world fraught with hurry and worry, that’s a blessed thing. Recently, I had […]

I Am Miss America. My Father Told Me So.

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, He said,  ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.’ Judges 6:12 Growing up, it’d become my Dad’s morning ritual. From the bottom of the stairs, hand on the bannister, his smiling eyes would gaze up at me and then he’d sing… 🎵There – she – is, Miss […]

Fall Risk

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 (NIV) Several years ago, my oldest daughter was hospitalized for a relatively minor illness that amounted to a three-day stay. Upon admission, she was required to wear a (hideous) plastic, yellow wrist band. Emblazoned in all caps, it read, FALL RISK. My interpretation? […]

When My Hero is Rejected…

But first he (Jesus) must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. Luke 17:25 (NIV) For some, to be rejected is worse than death. No, no. Don’t reject me. Just kill me. The hero in my current story faces this issue. In one scene, he awaits the heroine’s answer, thinking to himself as […]