A Portrait of Depression and Recovery

If you have ever suffered with depression, and most of us have, you might find this reflection on Psalm 102 enlightening. I came to Psalm 102 recently in my daily readings. It is a psalm of lament in which the unidentified psalmist lists an array of physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual complaints. With many yearsContinue reading “A Portrait of Depression and Recovery”

Our Boasting

Originally posted on Ruth E. Stitt:
I’ve been reading about the kings of Israel and Judah, and this morning came across a story about King Ahab, the king of Israel, when threatened by one of his enemies, Ben-hadad: “A warrior putting on his sword for battle should not boast like a warrior who has already won.”*…

Bloom Where Planted

Sometimes we find ourselves sojourners in a location or circumstance that is not our ideal, happy place. Maybe we’re undergoing a job transition, adjusting to a new marriage, grieving a divorce, or have lost someone we love. These can be times of testing and loss. We may find our trust in God weakening and wonderContinue reading “Bloom Where Planted”

A Walker’s Creed

God came walking through the garden in the cool of the day and spoke to his first listeners. I will walk, because he first walked, and I will listen for his voice. Enoch walked faithfully with God, until God whisked him away. I will walk away from death and into the whirlwind of God, whereverContinue reading “A Walker’s Creed”

Integrity in Our Hearts

It is uncanny how God’s revelation appears, always so timely and appropriate. This is why I keep insisting that Scripture comes to life in all of our everyday experiences. We can see it if we’re looking for it. This week I’ve been thinking a lot about the word and concept of integrity. This word thatContinue reading “Integrity in Our Hearts”

God’s Alignment

Originally posted on Ruth E. Stitt:
Recently I’ve had a recurrence of sciatic nerve pain caused by disc issues in my lower back. This has returned me to the chiropractor’s office.  Chiropractors address and cure neuromuscular irregularities through “diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders…

Majesty Streams Down, Praises Rise Up

Lord, your name is so great and powerful! People everywhere see your splendor. Your glorious majesty streams from the heavens, Filling the earth with the fame of your name. You have built a stronghold by the songs of babies. Strength rises up with the chorus of singing children. This kind of praise has the powerContinue reading “Majesty Streams Down, Praises Rise Up”

Abide, Abide, Abide

The news is so discouraging and disheartening these days. So much suffering and anguish all around. I can only attend to little snippets of the noise at a time because national news stories provide so little hope, and no clear paths forward on solving any of the myriad problems we face in our American culture.Continue reading “Abide, Abide, Abide”

Sitting in the Ashes

(I wrote this essay in 2018. It came to mind this week as I, with the rest of my state and nation, have had many troubled thoughts and feelings about the horrific evil perpetrated in Uvalde, Texas. We’ve observed people with strong opinions very quickly jump in and insist on sharing their anger, blame, orContinue reading “Sitting in the Ashes”

Saved for a Purpose

Often I’ve heard those who’ve had a close encounter with death speak reflectively about what they have learned from the experience. They may have heard a very frightening prognosis for a medical condition and then recovered against the odds. Or they had a near-fatal car accident, or almost drowned, or were gravely injured in war,Continue reading “Saved for a Purpose”