Sacrifice


Maye it was for a moment like this...
The biblical story of Queen Esther is beloved by many people for its intrigue, heroism, and demonstration of God’s faithfulness. The king’s adviser plotted to destroy the Jewish exiles living in the kingdom. Queen Esther’s cousin Mordecai urged her to go to the king and ask him to save the […]

Things I learned from Queen Esther


Cross equals Love
Maybe I don’t know love at all. There’s an old song to that effect, and as I sat in Easter services this past weekend, I realized how true it is. Oh, I love my husband immensely, and I know he loves me. I love my children and my grandchildren so […]

I Don’t Know Love



You can't blend in when you were made to stand out.
I saw the movie Wonder for the second time last week.¬† It still made me tear up. If you haven’t seen this film about Auggie, a boy with a facial deformity who goes to public school for the first time at age 10, you should. The story is so good […]

The Wonder of Standing Out


"But I don't want to"
This weekend we took care of two grandchildren without their parents. It’s not the first time, but it was the first time we’d had the three-year-old granddaughter along with her older brother. Her favorite two phrases¬†seemed to be, “I want” and “I don’t want.” Whether it was food or candy, […]

‘But I Don’t Want To’



As Holy Week begins, it seems fitting to be reminded of the significance of the cross. I heard that some hymnals have removed all the songs that refer to the cross or to the blood of Jesus. If that’s true (and I have no proof that it is), they would […]

The Cross Is Enough


Valentine candy hearts
This is Valentine’s Week. And it really is about the heart. Yes, I know, it’s supposed to be Valentine’s Day on Tuesday this week. But between TV commercials, store displays, and billboards, it seems like the holiday has expanded into a week–or the whole month. Like other holidays, a good […]

It’s All About the Heart



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?