Growing Gratitude

For from him and through him and for him are all things. Romans 11:36 Would you like to cultivate a greater sense of gratitude? George Herbert, a seventeenth-century British poet, encourages readers toward that goal in his poem “Gratefulness”: “Thou that hast given so...

Breathtaking Glory

Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor. 1 Chronicles 29:11 One of the pleasures of a trip to Europe is visiting the grand cathedrals that dot the landscape. They are breathtakingly beautiful as they soar toward the...

Everyday Moments

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:13 I piled groceries in my car and carefully exited my parking spot. Suddenly a man darted across the pavement just in front of me, not noticing my approach. I slammed on my brakes,...

Everlasting Hope

Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. Psalm 146:5 The week before Christmas, two months after my mom died, holiday shopping and decorating sat at the bottom of my priority list. I resisted my husband’s attempts to...

First Things First

Watch your life and doctrine closely. 1 Timothy 4:16 When you travel by air, before the flight takes off an airline employee presents a safety briefing, which explains what to do if there is a loss of cabin pressure. Passengers are told that oxygen masks will drop...

Jesus Loves Maysel

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us. 1 John 4:10 When my sister Maysel was little, she would sing a familiar song in her own way: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells Maysel.” This irritated me to no end! As one of her older, “wiser”...