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Thank the Lord and Come with Praise

Occasionally something one has worked on for months suddenly and unexpectedly comes together.  I’ve been thinking deeply about Christian education, its ‘why’ and ‘how’ and ‘what’, and things are finally making sense to me, just in time to discuss them with others at a conference. Full of relief and grateful joy, I can’t help but sing this adaptation […]

When We Cannot Pray

There are times in our lives when we cannot pray.  Of course, there are the times of rebellion when we won’t, and our busyness or sins can also keep us from prayer, but that is not what I’m talking about here.  What I’m saying is that there are other times when we simply cannot pray.  […]

Lessons from a Long Marriage

Thirty years ago this weekend we were engaged and in a few months we will celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary.  Even after all these years it is good for us to look at others who have walked this path before, whose long marriages have been a living testimony of God’s goodness. Recently I attended the […]

God Presents the Savior: Behold My Servant

Throughout the entire Old Testament, repeatedly and in many ways, we are confronted with our need for a Savior.  Then in Isaiah 42:1-4, God presents him to us. “Behold, my servant,” he proclaims through Isaiah, pointing out six things he wants us to notice about him: Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in […]

Under the Butternut Trees

I spent much of my blogging break working busily ‘as unto the Lord’ in the kitchen, the garden, the car, and elsewhere, but some of the best hours were spent under our butternut trees. It was my favorite spot this summer, a place of open-eyed prayer, read alouds, chats, and much-needed rest.  It was a summer […]

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