Ninety-seven years ago today, my daddy entered this world. As one might expect, he had a significant impact on my life and I've posted about him numerous times in this space. With the recent commemorations of D-Day, I've been thinking often about Norman Arthur Stricker whose Army Serial Number was 37 404 688. In an… Continue reading Serial Number 37 404 688
The recent commemorations of D-Day have sparked my reflections. With this final day of June 2019, my thoughts center on my father-in-law (FIL) whose birthday it is. He was born in 1921. I've mentioned him in several previous posts, most recently here. Born in Kansas, the second child of Fred and Georgia, Max learned early… Continue reading Know When To Hold
There is no greater gift than Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whose birth we celebrate during this season. May you know real joy, real peace and real love that originate with our Creator and are made manifest through His Son. I bid you a Merry Christmas and a 2018 filled with blessings!
Since the passing of my mother-in-law on March 1st, my Beloved and I have sifted and sorted through the tangible mementos she left behind. There are photographs and slides aplenty, so I set myself to digitizing as many as possible to add to our (informal) family archive. Scanning the vast collection of photos/slides, etc. required… Continue reading Papers, Please?
Friends don't let friends drive drunk. You've probably heard a version of this message from the Ad Council, a gentle caution for drivers and passengers alike. I've decided a similar message should apply with respect to social media. Maybe something like this: Friends don't let friends contrive junk. I know, I know! It's clunky and doesn't roll off the… Continue reading Between Friends
We’ve reached the last verses of the final chapter of The Book of Job. Through poetry and prose, readers have witnessed Job’s catastrophic losses and torments. We’ve also heard from Job’s comforters, offering their point of view on why Job deserved to suffer. The book is divided into 42 chapters. In October 2014, I first… Continue reading The Man From Uz
As The Book of Job opens, the reader occupies a ring-side seat within earshot of a heavenly discussion between the Creator and one of His created beings, the deceiver Satan. This introductory conversation centers on a man whom God describes as "my servant Job." As the conversation between God and Satan progresses (through the first two chapters of Job), the account… Continue reading Forgiving The Comforters
Job's days eventually came to an end. Chapter 42 in The Book of Job presents a concluding narrative of Job's latter days in seventeen compact verses. Seventeen verses ... hardly enough to offer the level of detail one might appreciate. We want to believe life is consequential, and I think there's no argument Job's life… Continue reading Job’s Confession
Last week, it was Behemoth. This week, there's a new image as The Book of Job quickly draws to its close. This image is equally ominous and terrifying. From Job chapter 40, the image of Behemoth is God's first object lesson drawn from the natural world. As follow-up to that magnificent image, Job chapter 41 brings us to God's discussion of a second created… Continue reading No One So Fierce
Throughout the preceding thirty-nine chapters of The Book of Job, we have a poignant picture of a great man brought low through misfortune and physical pain. As I contemplate Job's story, my focus lands on two significant elements. First, I recognize the historic Job as an Everyman, the quintessential character in an ageless tale of humanity and sin. The second element… Continue reading Strength To Save