Rear View Mirror

Depending on the time of the year, I have opportunity to witness the world being transformed into some sort of magical land for me as the sun makes its way over the eastern rim of Earth. To arrive at the place where I spend my week days I must head west. So often, as I

Spiritual Drought

Some West Texas summers are brutal. During those times it isn’t uncommon to step out and see the dry, crusty land open up in large cracks in thirsty pleading for water. Those months can be harsh, with temperatures rising, baking the hills that dot the countryside to a deeper than golden brown. Even creek beds,

I Almost Missed It

Saying goodnight to the world, I was hopeful for a morning of extended dreams. The normal routine of Saturday would be a little different that day. Not all of me had received that message and long before the sun began to peek in on our world waking it up, something had caused my eyes to

Broken Things

The table was full of boxes that had been carefully packed in preparation to be moved from one city and state to another. The first one on the table to be opened was the special one. Extra care had been given to the packaging to protect the contents from any damage during the long trip

Listen to the Music

I am not quite sure of exactly what it was that awakened me so early on that Saturday morning. Perhaps it was the song in the night that kept rehearsing in the chambers of my mind. Throughout the day, the words would have kept playing. We have those days when a song continues its beat,

Parade of Nations

During the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, I was impressed by numerous countries represented at this great event. On Friday evening, at the opening ceremonies we watched as hundreds of Olympic athletes marched in representation of their countries in the Parade of Nations. For years each athlete had devoted his life to grueling and dedicated

Calgon Take Me Away

So much of life just whirls around us, often stealing our focus on those things that matter most. We search for ways to get away from it all and try to spend a little time renewing our hearts, our minds, our spirits. Just a little quiet time with a cup of tea might be all

For Such a Time as This

As we read Scripture, it is amazing how all the pieces of God’s plan fit together in perfect symmetry whether we are reading about the character(s) or events, it just all comes together with such precision and purpose. Sometimes it may take days, or months, or years to see a result, but God has it

A Curve in the Journey

Feeling secure in our faith walk, knowing we’re on the right path, being encouraged and supported by our Christian sisters, then—WHAM-O – something brings about a change in course. How can the road ahead that seemed so sure and unchallenged suddenly takes a sharp turn? We were trucking along just fine; and the end of

Treasures in Pretty Packages

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were always just kept in a nice little box all wrapped up with pretty paper and pretty ribbons, like a treasure all secure and safe in our box? And sometimes we might want to keep God in the neat little box that we have put Him in. “You don’t