Hope for the Bruised Reed

Hope for the Bruised Reed

Matthew 12:15-21 15 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all 16 and ordered them not to make him known. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 18 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,     my beloved with whom my soul is […]

Hope That Does Not Disappoint

Hope That Does Not Disappoint

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5) Anyone who has lived in North America is familiar with pigeons.  I grew up in a farming country in Michigan, and I have memories of […]

The Wonder of Pastor’s Kids

The Wonder of Pastor’s Kids

Psalm 71:5-6, “For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.” The movie Wonder has all the feels. August Pullman was born with a facial […]

I Don’t Want to Live My Best Life

I Don’t Want to Live My Best Life

It doesn’t matter where you look on social media these days, we are always being bombarded with ads that promise to help us “be your best self” or “live your best life”. If you google either one of these statements you will see a list of programs, books, and motivational quotes all designed to guide […]

Shining with Hope

Shining with Hope

I wrote this piece back in January, when the COVID-19 crisis seemed far off and was something only occasionally in my newsfeed. But as the deadline for this piece came closer, I realized that while the topics of everyday conversation have changed drastically for most of us, the sentiment is still the same. While we […]

Broken Pieces

Broken Pieces

I have this bad habit of tucking things into drawers when they are broken. I often don’t have the time or desire to deal with them when they break, and I don’t want to look at them laying around, so I shut them up in drawers. Then, when I am looking for something, I open […]

A Tribute to My Mother

A Tribute to My Mother

Proverbs 31:28, “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Growing up, my sisters and I enjoyed taking this verse literally and on occasion, would suddenly stand up, look at our mother, and say, “Blessed!” While this always provided our family a chuckle, it was also a fun […]

Don’t Devour One Another

Don’t Devour One Another

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” (Galatians 5:14-15) If you attend a rural/small town church like me you’ve been to a few potlucks. They seem to be […]