Living Anonymously

Let us have real warm affection for one another as between [family]. Romans 12:10 Phillips My well-worn and often-read copy of Jane Yolen’s essay “Working Up to Anon” (Anonymous) was clipped from The Writer magazine many years ago. “The best writers,” she says, “are...

Who Is This?

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:41 “Remove everything from your desks, take out a piece of paper and pencil.” When I was a student these dreaded words announced that “test time” had come. In Mark 4,...

Ruth’s Story

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13 Ruth cannot tell her story without tears. In her mid-eighties and unable to get around much anymore, Ruth may not appear to be a central figure in our church’s life. She depends on others for...

Unraveling the Mysteries

I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Psalm 119:104 I have always enjoyed the wit and insight of Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz. One of my favorite cartoons drawn by him appeared in a book about young people in the church. It...

God Provides

Those who work their land will have abundant food. Proverbs 12:11 Outside my office window, the squirrels are in a race against winter to bury their acorns in a safe, accessible place. Their commotion amuses me. An entire herd of deer can go through our back yard and...

Jesus in Disguise

Whatever you did for one of the least of these . . . you did for me. Matthew 25:40 When a friend cared for her housebound mother-in-law, she asked her what she longed for the most. Her mother-in-law said, “For my feet to be washed.” My friend admitted, “How I hated...