Mended Vessels


"The Lion from the tribe of Judah has won the victory."
We visited the zoo on Saturday. My brain kept going back to a Simon and Garfunkel song from college days, “At the Zoo.” “It’s all happening at the zoo,” the lyrics say. “The monkeys stand for honesty. Giraffes are insincere. And the elephants are kindly but they’re dumb.” The numbers […]

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!


Make lemon pie out of life's lemons
Sometimes you’re late and sometimes you’re early. Being early can be an advantage. Several weeks ago, I hurried to a meeting, thinking I was late. I arrived about 10 minutes after the announced meeting time, but no one was around. Finally, it occurred to me to check the meeting notice. […]

Making lemon pie when you get lemons



I am the Light of the World
The Easter concert we attended Palm Sunday included five lit candles as symbols of Christ’s life. At key points during the program, the narrator extinguished one of the candles. When he snuffed out the last candle, it wouldn’t go out. He tried several times, but the candle stayed lit, before […]

Light That Won’t Go Out


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



My sheep hear my voice
My current novel-in-progress features a main character who is deaf, so I’ve been researching hearing loss and how deaf people communicate. I’ve always enjoyed watching an interpreter use American Sign Language, especially during songs at church. The fluid movement of their hands is like a visual dance, rising and falling in tune […]

Learning About Hearing Loss: Life Lessons


Some friends and I were talking about making quilts recently. No, I’m not a quilter. But I do love the varied colors and designs, the artistry of piecing together multiple fabrics in a way that pleases the eye. So when they talk, I listen. I admire their patience and creativity. […]

A Quilter’s Perspective



Power of God
Too many appliances, not enough outlets. Can you relate? In our bathroom, we have an electric toothbrush, a water pic, a razor, and a hair dryer. And only one outlet. We leave the toothbrush plugged in all the time, the razor only when it needs charging, and the others only […]

No Connection, No Power


Ladder lessons
Last week I worked on a Samaritan’s Purse rebuild project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Samaritan’s Purse uses volunteer crews to repair and rebuild homes damaged in disasters. We were reconstructing houses damaged in a massive flood in 2016. These people have been out of their homes for more than two years.  Before […]

2 Lessons from a Ladder



Jesus' birth
The story is familiar. At Christmas, we remember and celebrate Jesus’ birth: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:11-12, ESV). Did you get […]

Christmas: He Was Born for You


Give thanks to the Lord!
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week, the praise song “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” seems especially appropriate. Don’t worry, I’m not going to try listing that many blessings. But given enough time and patience, I’m sure I could come up with more than 10,000 reasons I am thankful […]

10,000 Reasons to Be Thankful