when death helps explain life

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26 A couple of days ago I posted a few thoughts in response to the death of my friend (and small-group member) Don – “If God is for us: in life and in … Continue reading when death helps explain life

“If God is for us…” in life and in death

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31 One of the wonderful things about being part of a dynamic faith community like our church is the amazing diversity we experience. People, ideas, background, politics, experiences, ages – we’re all over the place, yet united in the context of Christ’s love. … Continue reading “If God is for us…” in life and in death

when death and resurrection are essentially the same idea

I thought about my friend Sandee, who would pass peacefully into her own sunset a little over an hour later (probably around sundown in Minnesota), and I thanked God for the continuous witness to the resurrection that we enjoy every single day. Continue reading when death and resurrection are essentially the same idea

in memory: not grief, but gratitude

What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last … Continue reading in memory: not grief, but gratitude

change, surprise, life, tragedy, and the constant that is God’s faithful love

For the second time this week, I’m plugging in a couple of family photographs to go with my morning words. As I’ve watched the deep drama of so many events play out all week long, often extremely close to home, and as I’ve read scriptures in my morning devotional times, I can’t get these images out of my mind. Just a couple of days ago … Continue reading change, surprise, life, tragedy, and the constant that is God’s faithful love

sepia-toned childhood

y immediate Maul family may not be very extensive in terms of numbers (there are 12 of us now that my brother is gone), but we’re scattered far and wide geographically thanks to the continuing adventures of Andrew and Naomi. Consequently, when we do make it back together there’s a lot of picture-taking, and story telling, and looking at family photographs from times gone by. … Continue reading sepia-toned childhood

cancer, hospice, and a conversation about life

IMPERATIVE: I’m backed up with work this week. But first I have to write this post. My brother Geoff has run into a few more negative results in his ongoing cancer journey. So I headed down to North Bradenton for a lunch time visit and we chatted for a couple of hours. Our conversation has been working on my heart and mind and I’m having … Continue reading cancer, hospice, and a conversation about life