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”...

The Last Will Be First

Those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:12 Recently I was among the last in line to board a large passenger jet with unassigned seating. I located a middle seat beside the wing, but the only spot for my bag was the overhead compartment by the very last...

Knowing Better

When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes. 2 Kings 22:11 When we brought our adoptive son home from overseas, I was eager to shower him with love and provide what he had lacked over the preceding months, especially quality food, since he...

Harvest and Thanksgiving

Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. Exodus 23:16 Several thousand years ago, God spoke directly to Moses and instituted a new festival for His people. In Exodus 23:16, according to Moses’s record, God said,...

Make a Joyful Noise

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music. Psalm 98:4 Back when I was searching for a church to attend regularly, a friend invited me to a service at her church. The worship leaders led the congregation in a song I particularly...

Helicopter Seeds

Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:24  When our children were young, they loved trying to catch the “helicopter seeds” that fell from our neighbor’s silver maple trees....