Sunday, June 25, 2017
Monday, June 29, 2015
Recently, I watched an episode of “The Blue Planet,” a British nature documentary. I could watch these programs all day until it comes to those predator/prey scenes. They’re a heart-breaking reality of survival, and I usually turn the channel before the predator captures its quarry. In this episode, a pod of orca hunt a gray whale mother and baby, working together with amazing precision and perseverance. As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t look away. They were targeting the baby, separating her from her mother, keeping her from getting precious air, and exhausting both her and her mother, chasing them for seven long hours. Finally, the baby succumbed to the orcas, her blood staining the waves that washed over her body. As her baby became a feast for the orcas, the mother swam away alone.
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
We had just bought a bag of oranges from our local fruit and vegetable market, and we didn’t realize the problem at first. My daughter sneezed every time she was in the kitchen. My face itched and my eyes watered. The fumes from an orange-gone-bad began to infuse the room with its pungent fragrance.
Something beautiful, something good
All my confusion He understood
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife
But he made something beautiful of my life
If there ever were dreams
That were lofty and noble
They were my dreams at the start
And hope for life's best were the hopes
That I harbor down deep in my heart
But my dreams turned to ashes
And my castles all crumbled, my fortune turned to loss
So I wrapped it all in the rags of life
And laid it at the cross.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
The Pharisees and religious leaders of Jesus's day knew the letter of the Law but had little ability to implement the unconditional love of God to the lost, hurt, and broken.