The holiday of love took place this past week — Valentine’s Day. I think you would have to live in a cave in the USA to not have known what was happening on February 14 — love was everywhere. Even our rough and gruff Human Resources director sheepishly left the office, telling me that he might … More How do I show love?
One of the great temptations in the grief journey is to veer off on the path of thinking: “No one knows what I’m going through.” This is a lie of the Evil one to get us to begin focusing on ourselves and take our eyes off the One who is able to carry us through … More Does anyone understand?
“Fiddler on the Roof” was our favorite movie, and Yente, the matchmaker had one of the best lines as they were all leaving their homes for a life in exile: Maybe next time, Golde, we will meet on happier occasions. Meanwhile, we suffer, we suffer, we suffer in silence! Right? Of course, right. I’ve known … More Meanwhile…We suffer
I have always found that when God wants to get a message across, He finds avenues to have it repeated until it sinks in to the mind of His children. Remember how Jesus asked Peter three times: “Do you love me?” With all the noise of the world today, sometimes it is hard to hear … More Are you marked?
Tonight I was with a small group of the faithful for a time of prayer at our church, and we did some reflection on Psalm 23. It is such a beautiful psalm of comfort, and now, back at home, I’ve turned off the TV to simply swim in it some more. One of my seminary … More Make me lie down
It is widely believed to be Benjamin Franklin who said: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” So, it’s January, and once again I’m faced with both. Just this week, I received my annual tax email from our accountant to say it’s time to get things together, and … More Death and Taxes
I recently attended a wedding in Tennessee. While that, in and of itself, is not unusual (there are weddings every day in Tennessee), this one was perhaps more out of the ordinary for most folks from these parts. For, this wedding took place in a Coptic Orthodox Church. Immediately, upon entering, my mind returned to … More Vernacular
Written: October 21, 2016 Many of us know the verses about putting on the full armour of God — why? “so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against … the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of … More Impulsiveness
Written: October 15, 2016 Do you remember the story of when Mary was crying by the tomb, and she didn’t recognize Jesus, until he called her by name? (John 20:10-18…just in case). Last night, when Nermin was reading to me from Raouf’s journal, something struck me — He wrote down the names of every person … More Called by Name
Written: Oct. 8, 2016 I had lunch today with my friend, Vicky, who has also lost her dear husband this year. We understand each other and can talk honestly about our feelings. She gave me some of her husband’s sermons to pass on to Pastor Maged, but I had to sneak a peak first, because … More A Colorful Testimony