Christianity, Faith, Family, Heroes, Love & Marriage

Father’s Day Blessings

The yearly observance of Father's Day has become a curious phenomena of late. Verbiage including phrases like "toxic masculinity" and the dreaded "male privilege" are bandied about, calculated to make all of us squirm. The always-reliable satire of The Babylon Bee makes this point with its June 15th story:  Father's Day Updated To 'Toxic Masculinity Awareness… Continue reading Father’s Day Blessings

Faith, Family, Grandchildren, Love & Marriage, Mothering

Leading The Way

With her 92nd birthday approaching (the end of August), my mother Ruthe must contemplate the final days (or years, we hope) of her incredible life on this planet. I've shared her stories more than a dozen times in this space, among them Everybody's Fine, The Tale of Bobbie Pringle (in 2 parts), and Safe In His… Continue reading Leading The Way

Books, Christianity, Education

The Road to Ruthe’s

My ninety-one year old mother lives about six hours away. Given her disabilities (she's nearly blind and doesn't hear well), she no longer drives – which means in order to spend time with her, I must first travel to her home. On those occasions when my Beloved makes the journey with me, the distance is the… Continue reading The Road to Ruthe’s

Culture, Family, Fiction, Grandchildren

The Big House

On separate occasions over the last couple weeks, two of my grandchildren have asserted:  "My house is bigger than yours." Perhaps this is a twenty-first century equivalent to the claim from my era:  my dad is stronger than your dad! When the five-year old initially made the statement, I gently disagreed with him. "Yes, you live in a big house, but not as… Continue reading The Big House

Books, Christianity, Faith, History, Poetry, Religion

The Man From Uz

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

Books, Christianity, Faith, Heroes, History, Poetry

Forgiving The Comforters

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

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

Job’s Confession

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

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No One So Fierce

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

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Strength To Save

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

Books, Christianity, Faith, Poetry, Religion

God of Wonders

We desperately need to hear God's voice, to be reassured He cares about us. If we believe He is silent, our tendency is to conclude He doesn't care. But when the God of Wonders speaks – really speaks! – there's an opposite effect. We're the ones who are awestruck to the point of silence. In that sense, we're very much like our… Continue reading God of Wonders