Goodbyes, Happiness, Hope, Living

Sweeping Away the Old

Goodbye to 2017. Was it a good year for you? Or a bad one? Either way, it's done and we have a whole new year on the horizon.Time for making a fresh start, beginning tomorrow. Make the most of every opportunity! See you in 2018.

Blogging, Books, Family, Health & WellBeing, Heroes, Hope, Life & Health, Writing

Random Vicissitudes

Most people understand – at least in a theoretical sense – how quickly life can change. In the two months since I last posted, the silence hasn't come about due to a lack of blogging material. No, no, no. Furthermore, every single day without a post brought a deeper sense of unease ... the pattern of my life seeming slightly upended!  But the respite… Continue reading Random Vicissitudes

Christianity, Dying, Faith, Hope, Poetry, Religion

Mighty To Save

Everyone needs compassion A love that's never failing Let mercy fall on me Everyone needs forgiveness The kindness of a Savior The hope of nations The lyrics above are the first stanza to a song written by award-winning lyricist and contemporary Christian vocalist Laura Story. The song is titled Mighty To Save.Listening today to the statements… Continue reading Mighty To Save

Culture, Dying, Faith, Hope, Living, Poetry

Before Forever After

A recent television show, titled Forever, offered the intriguing tale of a man who experiences a kind of immortality. He's a couple hundred years old and if he dies or is killed, he returns. The premise had promise but earlier this month, after just one season Forever was cancelled. (I suppose when it comes to episodic television,… Continue reading Before Forever After

Books, Christianity, Faith, Heroes, History, Hope, Poetry, Religion

In Days Gone By

Most people, at some time or another in their lives, have known the crushing weight of aloneness ... not only because their current circumstances appear bleak but also because it seems God isn't there, His silence baffles and depresses! In Job chapter 29, the long-suffering Job laments his loneliness and yearns for previous days (verse 2) "when… Continue reading In Days Gone By

Culture, Films, History, Hope, Movies, Uncategorized

Not A Sour Note

Ever since we first viewed the 2007 film Bella, I've paid attention to Eduardo Verástegui and the projects with which he's been involved. Bella tells the story of an international soccer star (José played by Verástegui) whose life takes a sharp turn that abruptly ends the man's career. As the movie begins, he's working as a cook in… Continue reading Not A Sour Note

Books, Christianity, Faith, Heroes, History, Hope, Poetry, Religion

Where Is Wisdom?

When it comes to Wisdom, The Book of Job comprises one of five books of the Old Testament loosely referred to with the subheading wisdom literature. While Job has its historical context, the foundational questions about God and man, about Creation and the nature of evil and suffering, form the book's decidedly philosophical tilt. This book is a serious conversation between… Continue reading Where Is Wisdom?

Books, Christianity, Faith, History, Hope, Poetry, Religion

A Legacy of Integrity

What do you do when a man maintains his innocence in the face of persistent accusations? In wartime, combatants are conditioned to undergo extensive interrogation without blurting out any secrets. Name, rank and serial number but nothing more. For the title character in The Book of Job, he continues in chapter 27 to argue he's a… Continue reading A Legacy of Integrity

Arkansas, Books, Christianity, Faith, Genealogy, Heroes, Hope, NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month, Poetry

Looking for Good News

All of us appreciate hearing Good News. Am I right?! When a person has waited on Good News the better part of fifty years, it can't come too soon. Nearly a year ago, I posted about my good friend Joseph Wood who has been researching the details of his parentage, having been abandoned as an infant and found wrapped… Continue reading Looking for Good News

Christianity, Dying, Faith, Genealogy, History, Hope, Miracles, NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month, Poetry, Religion

The Human Story

Everyone has a story to tell. Life doesn't occur in a vacuum and although the details of one's life may seem mundane, even boring, other people don't always share that view. Yesterday's poem-of-the-day email from Academy of American Poets featured a sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning begins “O Dreary life!” we cry, “O dreary life!” Who among… Continue reading The Human Story