Before. And After.

The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! II Corinthians 5:17b (The Msg) After she got her braces off, my daughter happily swiped her tongue across the front of her now straightened teeth. That morning, I realized I’d not taken a ‘before’ picture. But she didn’t see the need. “Mom I’ve […]

What I Really Left Behind in Guatemala.

Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Psalm 119:89 When I lifted my hefty suitcase onto the flat, silver scale at the Delta airline counter, the blaring red digital display registered 46 pounds. Whew! Close. Ever so thankful it was below the 50-pound limit and wouldn’t cost extra bucks to […]

Dana and the Dishtowel: one (of several) perspectives on my trip to Guatemala.

The most commonplace activities, if done for Christ, through the Holy Spirit, are full of eternal significance. Every thought, all of your prayers, your smallest acts, though imperfect, become as fine linen that adorns you as Christ’s eternal bride. (Bible Study Fellowship, notes on Revelation) The Food For the Hungry ( work project at the […]

It’s Not About the Water or the Horse.

I revealed Myself to those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. Isaiah 65:1 You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. Even favorable circumstances won’t force one to do something one doesn’t want to, as in… “We’ve gotten all the college catalogs but he still hasn’t applied.”  This metaphoric term dates from the 12th century and was in John Heywood’s proverb collection of 1546 ( I’ve witnessed a stubborn horse first hand. It’s not pretty. Getting a lamb to […]

A Death Most Beautiful.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Galatians 2:20a I’m not a fan of stories that include death, particularly that of a character I’ve cheered on through their journey of transformation only to find them staring down the wrong end of a Remington, beaten to a […]