God Notices

Some years ago, before the death of Mother Theresa, a television special depicted the grim human conditions that were a part of her daily life. It showed all the horror of the slums of Calcutta and her love for these destitute people. The producer interviewed her as she made her rounds visiting the people she … More God Notices

Something Different

The people were angry.  They were.  The Jewish people had been robbed of their land, and their dignity.  They were subjects to the Romans, their rights had been taken away and the Roman soldiers were regularly mistreating, beating and even killing those who broke any kind of law or rule.  Emotions were high, and the people were angry. Enter … More Something Different

What Do You Expect?

This past week, Lori, Sam and I watched a documentary on Netflix called “14 Peaks.”  It is the story of a man from Nepal, named Nimsdai Purja.  Nimsdai grew up in Kathmandu.  After he finished school and graducated, he decided to join the British army.  (Nepal is a British protectorate).  After serving four years, Nimsdai tried out for, and was … More What Do You Expect?

You are Favored

I’ve read these scripture passages, probably hundreds of times.  This week, I noticed something new.  This week, I noticed that when the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary, to tell her about her upcoming pregnancy, the scriptures say that Mary was “shaken” by the angel’s words.  Other translations use the word “perplexed.”   Mary is shaken not by the presence of … More You are Favored

Foundation

What goes in to making up a person?  I’m not talking about the biology here…the DNA, chromosomes, and cells.  I’m talking about who you are.  I’m talking about a person’s spirit, their personality, their faith, their very identity. Every single one of us has building blocks that go into creating our sense of self.  Like a Lego set, we grow and … More Foundation

The Problem of the Heart

I recently read about an art museum that was having trouble keeping its guests from touching, and damaging, its priceless works of art. The paintings and sculptures that were on display were all becoming dirty and damaged.  The museum put out signs that said, “Do not touch!”  They strategically placed security guards throughout the displays…they had cameras … More The Problem of the Heart