Praying With Both Eyes Closed

Praying With Both Eyes Closed But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me. Psalm 69:13 In January of this year, I began this series of Life Notes with a reflection about praying with one eye open. I … Continue reading Praying With Both Eyes Closed

Lukewarm Living

Lukewarm Living  I know your words; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.  Revelation 3:15-16 The author of the Revelation to John received messages for each of the … Continue reading Lukewarm Living

Those Who Mourn

Those Who Mourn Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Matthew 5:4 The second of the Beatitudes seems almost too obvious to warrant serious consideration, that those who mourn will be comforted. If it were so obvious, why would Jesus bother to say it? Perhaps the answer, as is so often the … Continue reading Those Who Mourn

The Face of Submission

The Face of Submission  Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done. Luke 22:42 The setting for this passage is a garden on the Mount of Olives, moments before Jesus is betrayed into the hands of the temple police to be tried, tortured, and crucified. … Continue reading The Face of Submission

How Did I Miss That? Part 33: Love is (always) the Answer

How Did I Miss That? Part 33: Love is (always) the Answer This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12 The opposite of love is not hate. Hate is an emotion. The opposite of love is apathy, or not caring. Love is an action we choose to … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 33: Love is (always) the Answer

Love is not Boastful or Arrogant

  Love is not Boastful or Arrogant Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant... 1 Corinthians 13:4a,b,c Two of the characteristics Paul lists as representing what love is NOT are boastful and arrogant. I will address them together because they are similar traits. In general, one boasts out … Continue reading Love is not Boastful or Arrogant