Mended Vessels


Nothing ever occurs to God.
“Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurs to God?” Our pastor threw out that little nugget as a side comment in a sermon on faith, and it stuck with me. There are no surprises for God. He’s not sitting around thinking, and then gets a brainstorm: “Hey, […]

No Surprises


Spring training baseball
Baseball is back. Spring training has begun and once again we can enjoy the sunshine, warm breezes, and fresh air while the “boys of summer” play their games. Some people find baseball boring, while others love the strategy and the thrill of seeing a home run or an amazing play that […]

Put Your Heart Into It



Weeds
Just over a month ago, I bragged on Facebook about finally getting shrubs and flowers planted to landscape our three-year-old home. Then we were gone for a month for a mission trip and vacation. We returned to find a forest had engulfed our house that would require the entire Narnian army to slice […]

Weeds Thrive on Neglect


They call it “Bush TV.” In remote parts of Africa, far from modern civilization, people still gather around a roaring fire before and after dinner. They sit and gaze into the flames, conversation rising and falling with the fingers of fire. Topics range over the day’s events, plans for tomorrow, […]

Watching a Fire






The water that I give will become a spring welling up to eternal life. John 4:14
Water is the source of life, but it can also be the cause of death. While part of California is burning due to lack of rain, people in West Virginia have died because of historic flooding. In our part of Iowa, we’ve had less than twenty percent of the average […]

The Paradox of Water


I know all the birds of the hills. Psalm 50:11
For the last three years, a pair of robins has built a nest on top of the light  next to our front door. Right now, they are raising their second batch of babies for the year. The male and female robins take turns watching the nest and searching for food […]

3 Ways We Are Like Robins



How many personal letters have you received this year? Not Christmas letters, birthday cards, personalized fundraising mail, Facebook messages, or emails. I’m talking about an honest-to-goodness, preferably hand-written, physical note, arriving courtesy of your very own U.S. Mail carrier. In this age of almost instantaneous communication, the tradition of actual […]

Mail Call


Who is like the Lord? Nobody
Self-identity. My two-year-old granddaughter is too young to have determined her self-identity. One minute, she might be dressing up in frilly dresses, a fancy hat, and “shades”–being what we might call a “girly-girl.” Ten minutes later, she could be playing roughhouse, trying to keep up with her big brother. She is […]

Who Is Like You?