COMING APART? COME APART.

“Come ye apart, lest ye come apart.” You won’t find those exact words in the Bible, but I once heard a pastor use that phrase to make a point: We all need to step away from our daily grind to catch our breath, gain new perspective and be renewed. It was actually Jesus’ idea. When the disciples reported to Jesus all they had done, He said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest” (Mark 6: 31 The Message). The remainder of the verse explains why: For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat. Does that sound like your life? It sounds like my life when I had small children – that was probably the only time I can say I ever forgot to eat. I was on my feet all day long – constant coming and going – until I...

SEASONS COME…SEASONS GO

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 In a few days we will mark the passing of summer and move into autumn. A part of me wants to cry, “No-o-o-o!” I grieve each year when it’s time to hang up my swimsuit and put away the hammock. My summer company is gone. The dead stocks in my flower garden tell me it’s time to let go of the glorious summer we enjoyed. The geese have sealed the deal – they are slipping out of town in the early morning hours, aiming their V’s south. Their honks of good-bye are always poignant, so unlike the raucous announcement in spring that says, “We’re back!” There is a blush of first color on the trees – a promise of the glory to come.  Soon I will remember, “That’s right, autumn is my...

WHAT TO DO?

She did what she could. Mark 14:8 “What to do?” Like most Americans, I asked myself that question during the week after September 11, 2001. As I stared with disbelief at the images of Ground Zero on TV, my heart cried out with the need to do something, but what? What could I do that would make a difference? It was not feasible to travel to New York City to cheer on the rescue workers, but it occurred to me that there were things I could do right here at home. I thought of the story in the Bible of the woman with the alabaster jar: she broke it, and anointed Jesus with the expensive perfume it contained. Jesus commended her, “She did what she could.” (Mark 14:8). In the midst of desperate times, we may not be able to do great things, but let it be said that we did...

HAVE A GOD DAY

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 128:24 There are two typos I frequently make. The first is the word “from” – when I type it as “form,” I groan, backspace and retype it.  The second typo makes me stop in my tracks, smile and prompts me to pray. When I write to a friend and type the usual, “Hope you have a good day,” I inadvertently leave out an “o” and my wish is that they have a “god day.”  My intended lame wish that all goes well for my friend that day then becomes a prayer: “Hope you have a God day. I pray that God shows up in the midst of your comings-and-goings and blows your hair back with the blessings of His presence and His favor. Whatever comes your way, may you end the day knowing this: God loves you, He is...