A family of eight: two parents, six kids. The two parents work three jobs between them. They have two vehicles: One large vehicle which fits the entire family, and a smaller commuting vehicle. Both vehicles are old. The commuting vehicle experienced a catastrophic failure unrelated to regular maintenance. They don't have the money to fix … Continue reading A Problem of the Working Poor
It seems strange that the older I get the more I’m willing to let things ride. When we're younger and have more time in life we should be more willing to work slowly and let things develop. We can afford the time. When we're older and have less time left on this earth, shouldn't we … Continue reading Topsy Turvey World
"And give us this day our daily bread…” Matthew 6:11 What is it to be In a place of frightful dependance Peace born of desperation Closeness born of need All I have is Christ All I need is Christ But all I want is everything but And yet… Forsaken not Forgotten never And though I … Continue reading Give us this day…
One of the most interesting moments of my trip from the California coast to Kansas City occurred during a three hour delay on highway 299 in northern California. Due to fires, the highway was only open at specific times when CalTrans and CHP would shuttle a convey through the fire lines. I had just missed … Continue reading Constellations of Flame
Most of us have, at some time, heard someone say something like, “Never pray for patience because then you’ll have it tested.” I’m not sure where that originated, but it’s a pretty stupid statement. Of course, when I hear someone say something like that I never say, “That’s stupid!” That would be very unpastoral of … Continue reading Dear Lord, give me strength…
"He killed James the brother of John with the sword..." Acts 12:2 We love the story of how God miraculously delivered Peter from the Herod's jail. Peter had been chained between two soldiers, guarded by four squads of soldiers. I have, in my bible, highlighted verse 5, "but earnest prayer for him was made to … Continue reading Are we willing to suffer for Jesus?
The Boy Scout motto is, "Be prepared!" In Colorado, particularly during the late spring and through the summer, the weather can suddenly turn. It's not uncommon to experience almost daily thunder showers which come on quickly, drench everything in sight, and move on just as fast. Autumn as a teenager was a time of sweatshirts … Continue reading Being prepared to give account for our hope