The Wonder of God as Witness

Do you ever feel invisible, as though you or your efforts are unseen? At the same time, do you ever feel relief that no one sees some of the things you think, watch, or do? "I am the one who knows, and I am witness, declares the LORD."  (Jeremiah 29.23b) People we live with, work with,…

The Power of Comfort

When someone we care about hurts or struggles, we want to be a source of comfort. We offer words, hugs, our presence. And we pray. Our thoughtful gestures matter and certainly impact, yet when we pray, we rehearse our trust that God is with this person. We express the depths of how we desire Him…

Smile the Extra Mile

There it is. That smile of his. That smile of hers. The genuine one that says  Right now, I'm good.  We're good.  My heart is full. Waving from the car, playing in the backyard, goofing off with friends, glancing up from a book or at the supper table. Receiving a smile from one of our…

Living Out the Ordinary with Faith

Last Sunday at church, the gospel reading was John 2.1-11, the wedding at Cana. At the wedding feast, Jesus's mother Mary tells Him that the wine is finished. Turning to the servants nearby, she says, "Do whatever he tells you." (John 2.5b) Mary knew well from her youth the blessing of submitting to God. "Jesus said…

From Tears to Triumph

Recently, I had shoulder surgery.  That was the easy part.  Surviving the first week of physical therapy "home-work" almost did me in.  To distract myself from the pain, I listened to lively worship music. One morning was especially tough.  I was tired, hurting, impatient to be well, and struggling to see the light at the…

In His Hands

"...He's got the whole world in His hands..."When I was a little girl, we used to sing this song all the time.  Though God's name is not used, I knew that's who we were singing about, though I doubt that's what I was thinking most times we sang it... I was probably just singing, not…