Friday, July 28, 2017

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

The Lord bless you and keep you; 
the Lord make his face to shine upon you 
and be gracious to you; 
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you 
and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26  
The Blessing of Aaron

The Baptism of Rus, celebrated on July 28, is a day of remembrance of the Russian Prince Vladimir's embrace of Christianity in 988. I've read several versions of the story, one describing how he chose Christianity from a list of religions because he was moved by the description of Christian worship, another that he was struck blind but then healed and claimed to have seen the true God, and one focusing on how his life changed dramatically afterward. He was like a new man. 

There was a time when Russia, then the Soviet Union, seemed hopeless to me. I pictured wandering people, always looking, looking in the darkness for any kind of light, but unable to see. That description may make you laugh if you have been there or if you are not like me. But now it's not like it was. It feels different. How can I feel it? I can't explain that, except to say that when I pray for Russia I feel like someone there is praying for us. It is a good feeling. 

I am going to put this picture here too. Why? Because I pray the above verse, the Lord bless you and keep you, for Russia and for Vladimir Putin. People have a lot of things to say about him. But prayer is something apart from all of that. It has no borders and no concerns other than the Lord bless you and keep you. Putin has talked about his beliefs some, but I wish he would say more. Happy Baptism of Rus to everyone!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


I came that they may 
have life 
and have it abundantly.

John 10:10

Monday, July 17, 2017


I wonder what I would be like if I had done everything right in life.

become a nun
go to law school
run for Senate
learn another language
never eat carbs
start everything earlier
finish a novel

I wonder what I would be like. 
But I wouldn't change what I have now for anything.  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

John 14:6

Jesus answered, 
“I am the way and the truth and the life. 
No one comes to the Father except through me."

Monday, July 10, 2017