faith and hope rooted in good planting

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says … Continue reading faith and hope rooted in good planting

“it is finished” = our call to begin

The season of Lent presents a progression of ever-increasing opportunity when it comes to deepening our spiritual walk. Six-weeks for preparation; eight-days of Holy Week; three days if your observance begins with Good Friday. For me, one of the most moving is “Maundy Thursday,” and the occasion of The Last Supper. For many Christians, it’s an event that’s not really on their radar. Ash Wednesday … Continue reading “it is finished” = our call to begin

Love Beyond Reason; Promise Beyond Understanding

Today is Good Friday. It’s a day when love stepped up beyond reason, set all defenses aside, and allowed hate to nail the best hope history ever saw to a wooden scaffold. However, rather than being ground into obscurity under the heel of fear and brutality, love transformed the crudely assembled cross from a symbol of torture and repression into the most enduring emblem of victory, promise, … Continue reading Love Beyond Reason; Promise Beyond Understanding

there is a time for every season under heaven (photographs and memories)

 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we … Continue reading there is a time for every season under heaven (photographs and memories)

Compact Benediction

Yesterday evening was our “Maundy Thursday” dinner and communion at First Presbyterian Church. It’s one of my favorite special event services, and sets the tone beautifully for the coming darker shades of Good Friday. Today, April 6th, is Good Friday, and this morning Rebekah and I will drive down to Sarasota to be with my niece when she scatters her dad’s ashes. It’s not my … Continue reading Compact Benediction