Read Matthew 18:10-14. My mind wanders to a nursery rhyme: Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow, and everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go. If only sheep were so obedient. Jesus is still talking about the children here, reminding his disciples not to look down on them, because … More What if I lose a lamb?
I thought I had moved passed emotional outpourings, but today has been one of those days. It’s Sunday, so I headed to church in anticipation of what God would do among our small and struggling congregation. I was ready for our time of worship this week, as the visiting praise team sent their songs early … More Flooded with emotion
Read Matthew 18:7-9. I thought he’d already covered this point. I wasn’t going to mention it again, but then I thought: “Why did Jesus use the same illustration twice? Could it be because there was more to learn?” He talked about gouging eyes and cutting off hands when he spoke to the crowd on the … More What if I think too much of myself?
It is a blessing to have a father who fears the Lord. I was blessed in this way, and so were my sons. There were special gatherings over the course of my life when my father, for his children, or my husband, for his, took time to speak blessing and truth into the lives of … More What I might have done
Read Matthew 18:1-6. Pre-Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were having some major struggles with self and position. Thus the reason for the question, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” It was obvious they still had not grasped the kind of kingdom Jesus was establishing. So, he called a little child over as a visual. … More What if I cause another to sin?
Read Matthew 16:21-28. Peter had just made a great confession: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Wow, that’s powerful stuff, and truth at that. Jesus recognized it as something that Peter could only have declared by the power of God, and blessed him for it. At this point, Peter must have … More What if I can’t deny myself?
Americans pride themselves on being honest and transparent. In general, I find this is true, but not all cultures have this heritage. In many parts of the world, shame keeps truth hidden behind the curtain of face-saving lies. Even in the West, many find it’s so much easier to tell a quick lie than a … More Saving Face versus Honesty
January 1, has long been a bittersweet day for me, as it marks the day of my mother’s death. I was in Beirut, Lebanon, when I got the call from my brother, Joe, to tell me she was gone. I didn’t make it back for her funeral, as there was no American embassy in Beirut … More A Mother’s Legacy
Another funeral, another hard goodbye. I remember sitting in her Latin class in high school…for three years! Veni, Vidi, Vici…I still remember. Good ol’ Julius Caesar. She had a way of endearing people to her with her sharp mind, quick wit, and wisdom. What kept me endeared was her prayers. She prayed for me from … More My cloud is growing bigger
Read Matthew 15:1-20. “Are you still so dull?” Yep, that was Jesus speaking. Thankfully, he wasn’t talking to me, but to Peter. It was shocking, nonetheless, for him to give such a harsh rebuke. After all, Peter had just asked a simple question. It was the Pharisees’ fault. They had confused the disciples with their … More What if I let a blind man lead?