Prayerful Expectancy: A Heart Like Simeon.

In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name…who lived in prayerful expectancy of help for Israel. Luke 2:25 (The Message) Sometimes I feel like I’ve approached the omnipotent God with my prayers like a sorry little vacuum cleaner sales rep. I stand at the door and knock, certain no one will […]

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? […]