• Intersecting with the Eternal

    Did you use your microwave to warm your food today? We live in a microwave age where even waiting a few seconds for a YouTube video to buffer can seem like eons. Do you remember when postal mail was the only option? When I was about ten years old, I had a pen-pal in Seoul, Korea. Because of the geographic distance, our correspondence required several days of waiting patiently between letters. Waiting isn’t something we have to do a lot these days—especially when it comes to communication. While I love the ease and convenience of email, I think living without the pause that comes from “waiting” makes it even more difficult for us…

  • Hopes and Dreams

    All our hope and dreams were placed in Mary’s womb. The salvation of the world lay nestled within her young frame. This young couple was chosen to serve as parents to the Almighty. It’s a curious thing–God coming to earth in the vulnerable form of an infant. His royal inauguration wasn’t filled with coronation balls or elegant dinners. No trumpets sounded alerting the masses to the arrival of their Sovereign. Instead, He came as a squirming, wet, sticky babe, wriggling free from the amniotic sac and into the waiting hands of Joseph—serving as midwife to God. What weight lay on the shoulders of this Jewish carpenter from Nazareth, to serve as the Holy Child’s guardian,…

  • Assignments and Worship

    How do you approach the tough assignments? I like a challenge, but at the same time, I’m not real fond of pain, I’m not a fan of housework, and fear of the unknown can sometimes paralyze me. But we see Mary face her unknown future with a heart to obey and worship. Mary had one intimidating assignment and she met it with worship. When my children were young I encouraged them to do their chores and school assignments “as unto the Lord” and would throw in a quick paraphrase of Ecclesiastes 9:10 often: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” I hoped to teach them to approach…