Saturday, June 30, 2018


Does truth pursue us?

Does it depend on what we think?

What is truth? 

What does it do? Why does it do it?

Will it answer you if you ask it a question?

Is it what we think it is? 

Is it true if we think it's not?

Do you know it?

Can a liar know the truth? 

Can a sinner tell the truth? 

Does the truth use us? Move us? Change us?

What does it want from us?

Sunday, June 24, 2018


A flood toppled the statue. The river rose and cut deep and loosened the roots. It had been anchored so securely to ground that can be moved by water. And it fell. Not slowly, but like an avalanche, taking everything it could with it. It broke when it fell, into seven pieces or a thousand. It doesn't matter how many, there was no symbolism in its collapse, just a shake of the ground and regret.

A superhero tried to fix it. All pushing and pulling and mixing of mortar was fruitless. It stayed fallen. It remained shattered. 

The superhero leaned in and tried harder. The statue just stayed broken. The superhero brought in friends and wisdom and books that say things, important things. But none of that lifted the statue. 

So the superhero wept, great tears of exasperation and woe, brought to an end only by the feeling of a still small touch and then another. The statue had moved. It placed a hand, severed and battered, upon the hero's back to straightened it. The hero stood. 

The statue repaired the hero's sandals, cape, even the mask with eye-holes and fire painted on the side. Reaching from the dust and wreckage, the statue moved purposefully, like a mountain being thrown into the sea, bringing life to dead places. The hero was the one being restored. 

Man moves marble and stone. God moves heart and flesh and us.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekial 36:26

Monday, June 18, 2018

Psalm 121:5-8

The Lord is your keeper; 
the Lord is your shade 
on your right hand.

The sun shall 
strike you by day, 
the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you 
from all evil; 

he will keep 
your life.

The Lord will keep your 
going out 
your coming in 

from this time 


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Psalm 145:14

The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Housewife's Tale

She began to realize gratefulness had wound itself around her like a hug. She was counting the ways, remembering her days outside the castle walls in the darkness, fighting dragons by herself.

She'd been told that life was found in the shadows. If you were powerful enough, you would control the creatures that gnashed their terrible teeth. If you can bring down a dragon nothing can defeat you. 

"Everything will be fine then and only then," they told us. 

It was a lie, wasn't it? Dragons aren't defeated that way.

Selfishness had bred sorrow in her. She was hoping to have seen the last of it. It never cared much for her anyway. It was a cruel friend. Now she watched the sunrise with eyes wide open, no longer afraid of how it would disperse the shadows and change darkness into light. 

She thought of the times she'd stared into the sun and it had terrified her. She wasn't enough or all right or in control. She never knew the secret password or the code everyone else seemed to know. She did not know which shoes matched that dress or why her hair did not look like hers. 

She was alone. 

That was her own doing. She had pushed the world away. But it came back. It met her at the shore and said hello. Then, because she was seeing for the first time what was real and what wasn't, she embraced it. She didn't have to conquer the world by herself. She was not her own god. 

She was not alone. 

She hadn't realized how much that would mean to her one cool day in May when the sun was shining and the coffee was strong and she had people who needed her. She had become grateful.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Children of God

He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 

John 11:51-52

Sunday, June 3, 2018


Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness 
and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19