An Encounter with Stones

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities. Isaiah 53:5 After centuries of war and destruction, the modern city of Jerusalem is literally built on its own rubble. During a family visit, we walked the Via Dolorosa (the Way of Sorrow), the...

Invisible Influence

Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 On a visit to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, I saw a masterpiece called The Wind. The painting showed a storm moving through a wooded area. Tall, thin trees leaned to the left. Bushes thrashed in the same...

A New Name

Jesus looked at him, and said, . . . “You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). John 1:42 In the article “Leading by Naming,” Mark Labberton wrote about the power of a name. He said: “I can still feel the impact of a musical friend who one day...

The Good Shepherd

He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart. Isaiah 40:11 I sat in the hospital room with my husband, waiting anxiously. Our young son was having corrective eye surgery and I felt the butterflies jostle in my stomach as I fretted and worried....

Wake-Up Call!

Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Revelation 3:2 During the years when I traveled frequently and stayed in a different city every night, I always scheduled a wake-up call when I checked...