Expectant Waiting: December 2017 - I invite you this Advent to pray with and for us as we expectantly wait for God to be revealed in our lives, in our neighborhoods, and in our world.
Make Time and Room for Christ During Advent: December 2017 - Make sure your [holiday] preparations include making time and room for Christ during Advent, so that when “love comes down,” you know you made the better choice.
The Garden God Designed: November 2017 - The Garden God Designed I recently had the privilege to plan and lead a celebration of life for one of my uncles in Alabama. As I gathered my thoughts and memories of my Uncle Jack, there was clearly plenty to say about him: faithful Christian, husband, father, veteran and the list went on. However, the image of gardener kept popping back into the middle of all those thoughts and accompanying emotions. Uncle Jack was an awesome gardener. Many of you are gardeners and so you probably have experienced the same kind of gratification that my Uncle Jack did as he worked the soil and then shared with others those fruits of diligent laboring (I especially loved the green beans he grew). In the Bible, we Read More
Season for Planting – 35,000 Seeds: November 2017 - Season for Planting – 35,000 Seeds My grandmother always kept a huge garden, even after moving off the East Texas farm and into the city of Dallas. She would plant as many rows of cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, beans, eggplant, squash, and onions as she could squeeze into the small backyard of a city home. Her front yard was filled with carefully tended rose bushes and flowerbeds. She had a deep love for both the beauty and practicality of gardening. I learned from my grandmother about the important work of planting and tending seeds when caring for a garden. There are weeks and sometimes months of activity that take place below the surface, unforeseen to the everyday gaze, that are vital to the sprouting, growth, and Read More
Stay Connected: October 2017 - God seeks us all, even when we disagree with one another. When God is our common desire, wonderful things happen and people’s lives are changed!
‘I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food’: October 2017 - I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food Food is one of those things I usually take for granted. I have vivid memories of being an insatiable teenager and staring into a fridge full of food, only to complain to my parents, “Why don’t we have anything to eat?” — which really just meant, why don’t we have anything to eat that I want right now. Even as a young adult, I frequently take for granted my freedom to mindlessly spend $10-20 on tacos and chips & queso at Fuzzy’s or a BLT at Sweetie Pie’s. I can afford to go to the grocery store anytime I want, purchasing food for meals and snacks and junk food without thinking twice. Legitimate hunger is never a Read More
Full Moon: September 2017 - Have you ever given any thought to the topic of a “full-moon?” Ask any first responder or someone who works in a hospital emergency room and they will give you their thoughts and/or experiences of working during a full-moon. As a peace officer, it seemed those nights when the moon would be full were the nights when some of the craziest things occurred. It was almost like a full moon triggered unrestraint in some people, brought about extreme carelessness or foolishness in others, and evil had its most power or extreme effect upon the rest of us. In some ways, the world around us seems like we have had an ongoing or constant full moon for weeks if not months or longer. At least that’s Read More
My Grandmother’s Kitchen: September 2017 - I first learned how to bake as a child in my grandmother’s kitchen. With a bit of practice, those senses and memories I picked up in my grandmother’s kitchen slowly came back to me.
Forming Opinions Through Experiences, Not Others: August 2017 - A few days ago, I overheard a conversation between a couple of people. The topic of their discussion was about “Reunion” (Wise County Old Settlers’ Reunion). One sounded like Reunion Veteran with plenty of comments about what the other person was going to like and dislike. The person who was receiving these comments had never attended Reunion, and after listening to the one with the experiences, I thought the friend may now never attend Reunion. It’s funny, and in some ways even odd, how we hear or read comments and based on those comments we form an opinion and too often, as a result, miss an opportunity to have a first-hand, untainted experience for ourselves. Like the person who heard some of the Reunion experiences Read More
Remembered and Reminded: August 2017 - This past month I have been reading Judges and Acts during morning prayer. Through these scriptures, I have been re-minded of the vital importance of remembering who we are and Whose we are as the people of God. Throughout Judges I see what it looks like when the people of God forget who they are and Whose they are. These recent nomads have settled into a more comfortable life in the Promised Land, no longer wandering the desert and depending on God to provide manna in the morning dew and water from rocks. In their comfort, they began to stop telling the stories of faith: the stories of suffering in Egypt, of God’s hand breaking the bonds of slavery and leading them to freedom through Read More