2017 October

THE RIGHT CHOICE

THE RIGHT CHOICE

At two years of age, my daughter Audrey has entered the delightful world of making choices—and making them known, usually, it seems, as loudly and emphatically as possible! Tantrums aside, I’m glad th... Read More »

DON’T ROLL OVER, BEETHOVEN

DON’T ROLL OVER, BEETHOVEN

When my father had me listen to Beethoven’s 6th Symphony for the first of many times, he was no doubt trying to impart his passion for classical music. I was only a small child at the time, yet ... Read More »

THE MYSTERY OF THE FIG TREE

THE MYSTERY OF THE FIG TREE

Figs are fruits mentioned in the Bible that are still familiar today, whether they are soft, juicy, fresh figs or the sweet, chewy, dried variety. Fig trees are a common sight on the biblical landscap... Read More »

HARD KNOCKS

HARD KNOCKS

Have you ever wondered why it is that from time to time you find yourself going through the school of hard knocks? Just when you’re thriving on some “ups” in your life, something happens that brings y... Read More »

WINTER IS COMING

WINTER IS COMING

I dislike cold, icy, snowy winters. That is a big reason I was happy living in Mexico for many years. But now my wife and I are in Canada, and yesterday it snowed. It is early in the year for snow, an... Read More »

DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTMENT

DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTMENT

Who hasn’t experienced disappointment on occasion? Maybe a friend failed you; maybe anticipated recognition at work did not materialize; perhaps what you thought would be a lifetime of love in your ma... Read More »

THE PAYOFF OF PERSEVERANCE

THE PAYOFF OF PERSEVERANCE

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”—Christopher Robin (A. A. Milne) The first time I read this quote, I thought of a story I had just read about a yo... Read More »

A VALLEY VISIT

A VALLEY VISIT

The Hebrew word bakah means “weeping,” and in Bible times there was a valley in Israel called by that name. Figuratively, the Valley of Baca is a place where all of us have been at some time or other.... Read More »

RIDING THE DRAGON

RIDING THE DRAGON

Strapping on my harness and checking my gear to make sure it was secure, I held the reins tightly in my hands. The winged creature lurched, squirmed, wriggled, and writhed to free itself from its rest... Read More »

FACE THE STORM

FACE THE STORM

Quite a few years ago, our small family was traveling on a freighter from Europe to our new field of service in South America. Due to long delays in the loading of the ship’s cargo, we found ourselves... Read More »

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