Song for a Son

  Skin of our skin, Bone of our bones, Now, skin and bones.   Mysterious sick, Food that won’t stick; Must find some trick   Doctors that pace, Fresh charts retrace, First world grace.   New test might show, Heads that shake no, Still we don’t know.   Waiting with tears, Pressing down fears, Months …

Every Belief Has a Because

  “I don’t believe something just because it’s written in an old book.”   The conversation a few yards away had pulled my mind from antiques and collectibles at the estate sale.  Overheard words exchanged between pondering customer and confident sales assistant touched on heaven and forgiveness and death. One voice was musing out loud, …

Did God Put President Trump Into Office?

  On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. The surprise winner was voted into office by 62,984,825 voters. (Wikipedia) Post election, people have been asking: Who were those voters who put him into office?  Pollsters, pundits and pastors have suggested several answers:  Evangelical Christians, disenfranchised …

God’s Not Fair

  The Bible tells the story of Job. Married. 8 kids. 11,000 head of cattle. Healthy. Wealthy. Wise. Loved God. Within 24 hours, his kids were killed in a storm, and raiding armies killed or stole his cattle, killing most of his ranch hands. He then contracted a brutal wasting disease that left painful oozing …

Like You (The God Who Suffers)

  He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain… (Isaiah 53:3, NIV Bible)   For you don’t have a Savior who doesn’t understand your frailty, but you have One who has suffered in every way, just like you—but He didn’t sin. (Author’s paraphrase of Hebrews 4:15)   Like You …

God’s Reckless Love

  It was just a game, but I was almost in tears.  My teen child and I were playing a strategy board game, and it was not going well for me at all.  There was my usual grumbling about “bad luck” as my loss loomed near.  Moments from destruction, an impossible piece of good luck …

That Odd Reason Why We Don’t Spend Time with God

  Forty years ago, this month, I had a delicious meal of beef sirloin with champignon sauce, green beans amandine, a baked potato and chocolate cream pie. It was the menu for our Junior Senior Banquet, a fact I discovered searching random high school stuff.  It got me thinking about food.  I estimate I’ve eaten …

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

  I was born in 1961 to a wonderful young couple, who then complicated my world by giving birth to two more boys, David and Bruce, in 1962 and 1964.  Three sisters would come later, but it was my brothers who first posed a threat to my rule of the household, and I a similar …

Nomad

(A Poem Dedicated to a Friend)   The sidewalk slaps ‘neath fraying sneaks As spindle legs press on; She’s on the way to somewhere else, A futile search for home.   And windblown hair that begs for soap Wraps odd her tired face Whose weary eyes scan anxiously For freedom more than place.   She …

Superheroes, Billy Graham and a Bag of Gold

  Superheroes are in the news these days, at the box office and in the church.  A superhero has a unique and remarkable special ability that can help a lot of people.   If he or she does not complete the mission, thousands or millions of people could be affected.   God calls some people into …