Tight: As close as underwear

Tight: As close as underwear

As we continue our study of the Book of Jeremiah, this week’s lesson challenges us with a couple of powerful metaphors — pottery and underwear. Jeremiah has his hands full. His job is to warn the people that they need to make some profound and challenging...
First: Letting go of fakes

First: Letting go of fakes

So far, 2021 seems to be a continuation of last year. While this may ordinarily be the case, it is not what I hoped would happen. The attack on our capital is undoubtedly a low point for our nation. An uglier reality is that our out-going president inspired and...
(hand)picked: Giving in to God’s plan

(hand)picked: Giving in to God’s plan

I suspect that most of us have a story or two about a time when we weren’t picked to be part of a group that we really wanted to join. For a lot of us we didn’t get picked to be on a team, or we got picked last when it came to picking sides. For others, we didn’t get...
Forever Yours: Coming December 27

Forever Yours: Coming December 27

It’s time to pack up our decorations, put away the Nativity set, recycle the Christmas cards, and store or discard our Christmas trees. Christmas is over, and the New Year is right around the corner. Not so fast. Christmas isn’t the end of a story about a...
Brighter: The Light of the world

Brighter: The Light of the world

A favorite tradition for Christmas Eve is to sing together by candlelight. Whether holding an actual candle, or one powered by a battery or enjoying burning candles from a safe distance, the soft glow of candlelight creates a reflective mood. Each year I look forward...