So much pain on our world! A friend's son died suddenly, an adoptive parent is at their wits end with destructive behaviors, discouragement, negative words, depression, anxiety and disconnection. I just want to step into the Light and let the Light shine on my face. Light, I invite you in. Shine on my brokenness. Shine... Continue Reading →
Devotional Thoughts: Fruits of Suffering
Suffering - Endurance - Character - Hope - Rejoicing How? God! We cannot survive suffering here in this world without God. There's a huge difference in the suffering of God's people and the people who do not follow God. When God's people suffer, we turn to Him. We give it to God. We lean on... Continue Reading →
Devotional Thoughts: Gushing Justice
Oh how my heart longs for justice! Justice for my family, my friends, my neighbors and even those I only hear or read about. Sometimes it seems as if injustice wins more frequently than justice. Not everything is made right in the here and now. When water gushes forth down from the mountains from heave... Continue Reading →
Devotional Thoughts: A Judgmental Spirit
"What you make fun of in other people will happen to your baby," she said. If you make fun of a person with a disability, she says your baby will come out that way. This is the culture way up in the mountains of Guatemala where people still live on dirt floors and have thatched... Continue Reading →
Devotional Thoughts: Suffering
Why does God allow suffering? We have each chosen our own way, just as the first humans did. We are a rebellious people wanting everything to be as we want it to be, essentially placing ourselves in the place that should be God's. Sin entered into the word long ago and suffering came with it.... Continue Reading →
We Don’t Have To Be So Trashy! Christian, Let’s Make a Difference.
Did you know there’s a giant island of trash floating around in between Hawaii and California? They say it’s about 1.6 million square kilometers large! Others say it is now twice the size of Texas! Being from the East Coast this was new information for me when I learned this on a recent vacation to... Continue Reading →
Enough is Enough! Is Grace Really Enough?
Why can't I find more writings on being a Christian and minimalism? By minimalism I mean minimalist living. Enough is enough already! I just returned from an outlet mall that was crawling with mad people from whom I was constantly fighting to maintain my own personal space. All these pilgrimages to the malls to pay... Continue Reading →
The Untold Symbolism of Christmas: The Wreath
I can’t help but notice how the beautiful deep symbolic, spiritual meanings behind our traditional Christmas decorations seem hidden. One of my favorites is the wreath; the most beautiful wreaths are those made from fresh greenery that someone gathered and put together. The smell is mesmerizing and its beauty is natural and whimsical.
Wreaths of holly are especially beautiful. Holly leaves are prickly and remind us of the crown of thorns Jesus wore while hanging on the cross suffering. Holly produces deep red berries that represent the drops of blood Jesus shed while hanging on the cross. This can be a reminder to us that even suffering can be beautiful. The suffering Jesus endured to offer us such a beautiful gift of forgiveness is unparalleled. Our suffering can be made beautiful as well when we give it to God and endure like the evergreen in the dead of winter.
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The Many Faces of Jesus
There are countless artistic expressions of Jesus and what he might have looked like. As a white person I grew up looking at pictures of a white Jesus. I never even thought a thing about this until I became an adult. I guess we all think Jesus is like us when really we should be... Continue Reading →
Why the Pink Advent Candle on the Third Sunday?
I was asked today about why there's a pink candle in the advent wreath in our church. I know it symbolizes joy, but why pink? I went on a mission to answer the question this lady asked. Here's what I found and where I found it for anyone interested: "The third candle is pink and... Continue Reading →