The Day Sarah Called: When Loving Well Means Doing Nothing

When Jesus saw him (an invalid) lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for along time, He asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?… Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’  John 5:6, 8 Sarah’s call was unexpected. I’d not heard from her in several years. We met the […]

Scattered Prayer Requests

“Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.” (I Samuel 12:23)   Should have known better than to take my pen and prayer journal outside on a windy afternoon. I made the mistake of placing the journal on the grass ~ momentarily, mind you ~ […]

Tessie 101

Don’t bother looking for it. You won’t find this course listed in any university across the nation.  The world, even.  Tessie is an acquaintance of mine at a nursing home in Newton, North Carolina. I learned more chatting with her over the course of a few minutes than in an entire 3 credit semester.  Without […]

A ‘Seaweed Wrapped Around My Head’ Kind of a Day

“The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.” Jonah 2:5 Alright, this image just makes me laugh. As if being hurled into the heart of the sea and engulfed by deep waters wasn’t enough the slimy, sunken prophet then finds his head tangled in seaweed. Nothing to indicate […]

S.S.U. Suffering State University

  We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Rom 5:3-4) Imagine the conversation with me for a moment. “So like, where do you go to school?” Glibly I respond, “Uh, SSU.” Blank stare. “Where’s that at, California or something?” I give my head a […]