Disappointments, but God...
The cruise ship was scheduled to stop in two ports: one city (Nassau, Bahamas) and one beach (Coco Cay, Bahamas). But the weather predicted for the second day would make the Coco Cay stop too dangerous, as passengers had to be tendered to shore, and the wind was expected to […]

Change of Port: Handling Disappointments

The customer service representative was pleasant enough. She repeatedly said, “I’m sorry, but…” I was frustrated after spending a total of two hours on the phone and on chat. I did not feel like I was being heard. I knew I was in the right, and good customer service dictated […]

When ‘I’m Sorry’ Isn’t Enough

God forgives our failures because of his overflowing kindness. Eph. 1:7
Sometimes I think I’m not over my growing pains yet. Remember those aches and pains when you were growing up that your mother called “growing pains”? And those raging emotions over broken friendships, broken hearts, and broken dreams? Yeah, those were growth pains, too. Seems like a long time ago, […]

Growing Pains

Remember the Barbra Streisand song “The Way We Were”? “Memories light the corners of my mind.” Those lyrics came to mind recently when we decided to go through a box of old photos and slides. (For you younger readers, “slides” are a pre-PowerPoint way of displaying photos to a group.) […]

Sorting Through Memories

He was punished so that we could be healed.
What is so “good” about Good Friday? It’s a day when we remember how Jesus suffered and died. He was beaten nearly to death, He was rejected by His own people, He was deserted by His close followers, and He was disowned by Peter who had promised to die for […]

What’s good about Good Friday?

Forgiveness is hard. I once had a close relative say to me, “I know Billy Graham says I should forgive them, but I can’t.” She held anger in her heart toward several family members, and, as far as I know, she carried that bitterness into the grave. To this day, I wonder […]

Compassionate (Names of God)

Christmas is over. Well, not really since the birth of Jesus is the gift that lasts forever. But the celebrations and gift exchanges are over for this year, at least for most of us. So this week, we look forward to the New Year. Perhaps you’re thinking about resolutions for 2016. […]

Resolved: Don’t Give Up

Fog hangs over the Iowa landscape, covering the cornstalks, hiding the scattered trees, blocking out the sun. A few hours later, no trace of the mist remains. Blue sky stretches to the horizon, spotted with an occasional cottony cloud. The Bible says that’s what our lives are like: “You do not know what […]

Forgiveness: Life is But a Vapor