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Exposed

By |2020-03-28T13:03:45-06:00March 28th, 2020|Devotion|

This virus is exposing so many things about us, isn't it? Exposing our dependence on entertainment. Exposing our flurry and "busy" and rushing. Exposing the things we did out of obligation or expectation, not purpose. Exposing our addiction to normalcy, to comfort, to safety. Exposing our expectation for instant gratification. Exposing whether or not that house we work so hard [...]

Let’s Go to Church

By |2020-03-23T04:52:10-06:00March 22nd, 2020|Devotion|

It hit me with a rush of emotions on Friday afternoon, just how much has changed. My 4-year-old daughter and my 6-year-old niece are interacting over FaceTime, playing happily. I hear mostly one side of the conversation from the kitchen while she delightedly runs from the library, where the iPad is, to her bedroom and back again countless times. They [...]

Psalm 23 in Quarantine

By |2020-03-19T09:49:42-06:00March 19th, 2020|Devotion|

It's so surreal, isn't it? Coffee shops shut down. Museums shuttered. Churches live streaming. Commitments cancelled, task lists reshuffled, priorities transformed. It seems the only safe place is a wide, open field six feet away from your closest neighbor. Wait—Isn't there a verse about that? He makes me lie down in green pastures. He restores my soul.     This [...]

Do the Next Thing

By |2020-02-22T08:59:06-06:00February 18th, 2020|Devotion|

This frail, weak woman in a wheelchair had changed the world. Not in a gratuitous sense. Not simply as a statement. Not in a nice, you-had-a-nice-life scenario where we get to the end and draw concentric circles around a random arrow, then claim we hit our target. No. This woman had actually changed the world. This was Elisabeth Elliot. Wife [...]

Overzealous Brushing

By |2020-02-12T09:37:06-06:00February 12th, 2020|Devotion|

My idealistic, focused, ministry-working, 70-hour-a-week self constantly ignored the reality of the dentist. Don’t tell anyone, but for over ten years, you would have never found me inside a dentist's office or sitting in a hygienist's chair for that all-important bi-yearly cleaning. At first, I was just too busy serving. That's what I told myself. Then, it was simply procrastination—"I'll [...]

Let in the Light

By |2020-01-18T16:52:34-06:00January 18th, 2020|Devotion|

Camera in hand, I would linger long around the cathedral's outside. The external walls, bathed in the warm afternoon light, called for photographic exploration. Only after thoroughly exploring all sides of the cathedral, would I peek inside for a quick snap. St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria. Perhaps it's the nature of a European cathedral, of entering the Catholic [...]

2019 According to the Medes and the Persians

By |2020-01-05T07:56:14-06:00January 5th, 2020|Devotion|

In a familiar scene from classic movies, a herald rides into the far flung town, on the outskirts of the empire. He brings news from the castle and the king: he is mustering for battle, and every house must send a representative to fight in the king's battles. Or the courier is a tax collector, gathering money scraped from the [...]

Happy Holy Days

By |2019-12-24T09:25:38-06:00December 24th, 2019|Devotion|

If you were to seal up our house with duct tape, weather stripping, and caulk, it would fill up and then explode with all the anticipation within these four walls. Last night, we hosted our Second Annual Cousins' Slumber Party. Cousins and friends jumped on the trampoline, sang along to Christmas music, exchanged presents, and watched the 1966 classic of [...]

What We Don’t Know About Christmas

By |2019-12-16T19:18:31-06:00December 16th, 2019|Devotion|

"The cattle are lowing, The baby awakes. But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes." "We three kings of Orient are. Bearing gifts, we traverse afar" "God rest ye merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay! Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day."     This season is filled to overflowing with smiles, happiness, and clichés. I've been pondering [...]

Got Any Ketchup?

By |2019-11-09T17:15:21-06:00November 9th, 2019|Devotion|

To my children's consternation, I had just announced chicken for dinner. Internally, I prepared myself for the clean-your-plate dance that I knew the evening would entail. No one likes chicken in my family. Well, perhaps "no one” is a little strong. But outside of Chick-fil-A and the corresponding magical Polynesian sauce, the individuals in my family prefer beef, every time. [...]