Category Archives: Being Present

Ask. Seek. Knock.

Ask. Seek. Knock. This spring we enjoyed a lunch in Chicago basking in the wisdom of an “elder” of the faith. He reminded us all that these are words of desperation. These are end of the rope words, these are words … Continue reading

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Stubborn Thorns

It has been an interesting week. Among other things, I have spent a number of hours caring for the sore toe of my youngest son. And we’re not finished yet. Despite the attentive care of our doctor, the countless soakings, … Continue reading

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He loved us first…..

We have some friendly banter in our marriage that follows these lines – “I love you.” “I love you more.” “No, I love YOU more.” “Well, I loved you first.” This is earthy, human love – how much more is … Continue reading

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Ah yes, cleaning the fridge…..

The smell would catch you off guard – in and around and near the kitchen, something was rotten, dead or dying. In the bustle of life, I didn’t address it. Someone would catch a whiff, make an ugly groan, and … Continue reading

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But now it is hidden…..

If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. Luke 19 Jesus had entered into Jerusalem in triumph, the city was stirred to its foundations; … Continue reading

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Steep yourself in God…..

Do you know what the word “steep” means? The dictionary gives definitions for the noun, adjective and verb, but let’s focus in on the verb – to soak, drench, saturate in order to soften, cleanse or extract an element. So … Continue reading

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Recognizing and Welcoming a Personal Visit

When the city came into view, he wept over it. If you had only recognized this day, and everything that was good for you! But now it’s too late….. Not one stone will be left intact. All this because you … Continue reading

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Surprise Visits

Lucky the servants whom the master finds on watch! He’ll put on an apron, sit them at the table, and serve them a meal, sharing his wedding feast with them. It doesn’t matter what time of the night he arrives; … Continue reading

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Mingled Colors and Borders

There is a level of ambiguity in all ministries that work with children. There is always a level of unknown – Will the biological mother return? If she does, then what? This child has been declared in abandonment, who should … Continue reading

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Building Cathedrals

We’re flighty gardeners around here. A few weeks ago, we realized most everything in the scattered pots of dirt around the porch was either dead or dying, and so off to the vivero we went to buy some new plants.  I’ve rallied my middle … Continue reading

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