2017 October

MOMENT BY MOMENT

MOMENT BY MOMENT

When our son Pete was three, he was diagnosed with leukemia, and from one moment to the next, our lives changed drastically. There are no instruction manuals that can prepare you for how to cope when ... Read More »

COMING THROUGH

COMING THROUGH

Light is appreciated and valued, because we’ve experienced darkness. Hope is truly valued after we’ve experienced despair. Our blessings bring us the greatest joy, because we’ve experienced life witho... Read More »

DOWN IN THE SALT MINES

DOWN IN THE SALT MINES

We went down 378 spiraling steps into the Wieliczka Salt Mine in southern Poland, wondering what we would find and thinking about how easy it would be to get lost in the underground maze around us. I ... Read More »

LIGHT IN DARK PLACES

LIGHT IN DARK PLACES

In The Fellowship of the Ring, the elven “Lady of Light” Galadriel presents Frodo with a crystal phial containing the light of Eärendil’s star. “It will shine brighter when night is about you,” she pr... Read More »

THE WORLD’S BEST PICTURE

THE WORLD’S BEST PICTURE

The other night I watched a fascinating documentary about the famous fresco The Resurrection, by Piero della Francesca, painted around 1463 in Tuscany, Italy. Jesus is in the center of the composition... Read More »

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

It could be said that there are many types of heroism. First, the everyday heroic acts that are performed by unsung heroes that step in to save the day in ways that we infrequently hear of. Second, th... Read More »

TRIBUTE TO A BUTTERFLY

TRIBUTE TO A BUTTERFLY

Andja was born in 1962 in the former Yugoslavian republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. When war broke out in the 1990s, Andja’s family fled as refugees to Vojnic, a small town in Croatia. Her husband wa... Read More »

THE WINNER

THE WINNER

I was watching some small children play soccer (football). They were only five or six years old, but they were playing a real and serious game. There were two uniformed teams, coaches, and a small cro... Read More »

SALT OF THE EARTH

SALT OF THE EARTH

As Christians, one of the things we strive for is to be agents of change in the lives of others and ultimately in society. That can mean making waves or going against the flow. Not everything Christia... Read More »

ACHIEVING GREATNESS

ACHIEVING GREATNESS

You may not feel great or as if you have hero-like qualities of your own; even the apostle Paul lamented, “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” Yet God can make more of us... Read More »

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