Filling Space

Filling Space Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself... Philippians 2:5-7a Lately, I have been contemplating space – not the space of the universe, but the space … Continue reading Filling Space

Old Prayers

Old Prayers There was a tree at the center of the earth, and its height was great. The tree grew strong, its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the ends of the whole earth. Its foliage was beautiful, its fruit abundant, and it provided food for all. The animals of the field … Continue reading Old Prayers

Resurrection

Resurrection And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5 Lately, I have been contemplating resurrection. Among the images conjured up by the word are revival, rejuvenation, and rebirth. Earlier this week, I got a call from a police detective. He was at my brother’s … Continue reading Resurrection

My Ebenezer

  My Ebenezer Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Ebenezer; for he said, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12 Last week I attended the memorial service for a cousin of my father’s. It was at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 3 … Continue reading My Ebenezer

Been There, Done That

  Been There, Done That “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and … Continue reading Been There, Done That

Failing Successfully

Failing Successfully Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first. Matthew 19:30 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye … Continue reading Failing Successfully

Rules of Forgiveness

Rules of Forgiveness As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything … Continue reading Rules of Forgiveness

A Disturbing Intruder

  A Disturbing Intruder What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and … Continue reading A Disturbing Intruder

The Morning of Christmas

  The Morning of Christmas Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, God is with us. Matthew 1:23  ‘Twas the morning of Christmas, when Love came to earth, By way of a tiny and humble child’s birth; His parents had traveled so far from their … Continue reading The Morning of Christmas