“When our children our young they walk behind us as we show them the way, as they mature they walk beside us as together we discover the way, and when they are adults they walk before us to lead us in new ways.” Continue reading The Adult Child Shall Lead Them – From the Reformed Journal: The Twelve
Raspberries are not an accident of nature but a benediction from the gracious hand of God to be received with joy and gratitude. Raspberries remind us that there is more to life than survival of the fittest. Life is not a contest to be survived but a joy to be celebrated. Continue reading Raspberry Benediction
Life is not about what you can get. It is always about what you pass on. Even when you are dying, you have the power to bless.
This is the story of a dying man who had a choice to make. Indulge his dreams or bless his family Continue reading Of RVs and Blessing
Every now and then our children surprise and honor us as parents. This is the story of one such moment, when I found a forgotten love note from my adult son. Continue reading A Forgotten Love Note from My Son
Our North Shore theologian Zoomed in from the edge of the wilderness on Wednesday night. She told us with an eye-twinkle, that she had located the Holy Spirit shape-shifting among the world’s tricksters, drawn from the world’s memories. Moving in the borderlands mostly out of view, knowing your moves in the second before you do and playing with mischief. Here on turtle island, the Holy Spirit is a coyote. Continue reading Here on Turtle Island, the Holy Spirit Is a Coyote
All of us carry a great deal of unclaimed baggage around with us every day—wounds inflicted on us from childhood or failed relationships, wounds we have inflicted on our children or spouses, sins and failures of which we are ashamed. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could dump all of that baggage at some airport terminal and leave it there? Continue reading Unclaimed Baggage
What happens when a pastor offers a benediction. According to Numbers 6 to bless someone is to “put the name of God” upon them.
There is something beautiful and intimate in this image. When a benediction is spoken it is as though God bends down and tenderly kisses us on the forehead. Continue reading Giving a Blessing
As a general rule, I do not believe that one memorable sermon ever changes someone’s life. Rather it is the faithful preaching of the Word over the course of years that shapes and molds us Continue reading The Word of the Lord Endures Forever; the Preacher’s Words … Not So Much
At 1:00 when remote learning comes to an end, I can hear the children loudly bidding each other goodbye. The sound reminds me of a flock of geese preparing to take off. Continue reading Fly! Molly, Fly!
You can never comprehend your parents love, until you have children of your own. Continue reading Love on a Backyard Swing