The Festival of Grace (Jonah, Part 11)

The Festival of Grace (Jonah, Part 11)

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and...
After Her Death

After Her Death

{Random-ish thoughts/writings after a member of my church family went Home on July 1} Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God,...
A Message from the Lord (Jonah, Part 10)

A Message from the Lord (Jonah, Part 10)

… That’s it. Eight English words: “40 days from now Nineveh will be destroyed.” It’s actually only five words in Hebrew. Now notice all that’s missing. There’s no mention of why it will be destroyed, what they’ve done...
2020: To Begin to Grow Light

2020: To Begin to Grow Light

In January or February, I looked up a word (or more) in the Hebrew and Greek Bible concordance we have (Strong’s Concordance). I don’t remember what it was or what it was for–maybe Sunday school, maybe small group Bible study, maybe personal...
Dear Me

Dear Me

Dear Me This is a letter to the girl I used to be Dear Me There are some things that you should know It’s not my intention to embarrass or to shame you What’s inside the rear-view mirror is closer than it appears We do the best that we know how, with what...
I Have Seen

I Have Seen

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Psalm 19:1‭-‬3 (KJV) O Lord, how manifold are thy...
Call Our Souls to Remember (Jonah, Part 9)

Call Our Souls to Remember (Jonah, Part 9)

Even as Jonah despaired of the hope of God’s presence, he called his soul to remember the character of God. God’s presence seemed to be slipping away from him, but Jonah quickly made a declaration of faith and hope with the word yet. It may seem as if all hope is...
Seeing Jesus in Jonah (Jonah, Part 8)

Seeing Jesus in Jonah (Jonah, Part 8)

All of Scripture points to Jesus. The deepest longings of our hearts and every promise of God find their fulfillment in Christ. …when we read the Bible with eyes to find Him, we will see Him from beginning to end. Every flawed would-be hero points to the perfect...
The Scaffold and Calvary

The Scaffold and Calvary

Ann Voskamp, in an Instagram post from December 2021, called the scaffold in The Scarlet Letter “the Puritans’ own rendition of Calvary.” I roll those words around in my mind. What do they mean? What do they mean to me? 1. The scaffold and Calvary...
The Bridge Operator

The Bridge Operator

“… John Griffith was in his early twenties. He was newly married and full of optimism. Along with his lovely wife, he had been blessed with a beautiful baby. He was living the American dream. But then came 1929—the Great Stock Market Crash—the shattering...