The Darkroom

Darkness welcomed me as I walked through the door. Pausing to allow my eyes to adjust to the red low-wattage glow, I smiled, anticipating the day. Although working in the darkroom sometimes meant no light at all, I liked the discoveries I knew lay ahead. Chemicals, wash, paper—all were light-sensitive but the best images resulted from the dark. The room was a …

Holding Together

Riding in the back of a Taiwanese ambulance is not for the faint of heart. Especially if it lasts for three hours.  Only the night before, my 17-year-old daughter experienced her first ambulance ride from an accident site to the small, rural hospital in Kenting. She and her friend, Kristen, had been in a scooter incident on the streets of this village resort …

The Pressing

By: Kandy Persall From outward appearances, the terra cotta lump is merely a bulk of clay. Indeed the pliable mud is no better than any other, consisting only of sand, silt, water, and finely crushed minerals. This ordinary adobe bears the destiny of becoming another piece of unremarkable pottery.  The only difference lies in the hand of the potter. If the artisan is skilled …

Prayer for Endurance

Holy Father, My motivation in wanting to know You isn’t always from pure intention. I want increase, not decrease — joy, not pain — strength, not weakness. Your comforting joy attracts me, but I’m hesitant to explore Your grieving sorrow. Yet, You are more than a good-timing God. You are both Christmas and Easter. Fellowship with You necessitates both resurrection …

A Sign and A Wonder

By: Mark and Kandy Persall “Pour out Your Spirit, O God.” This prayer went up repeatedly as cities set aside time for revival prayer. “Come in power, Lord. By the mighty Name of Jesus, we stand against evil’s desire to steal, kill, and destroy.” How thrilling when people awaken to pray. Every day I hear of another prayer group across my city, …

Peaks and Valleys

There is more to Christ than I wanted.  In the early days of our relationship, I basked in the gentle qualities like His love, peace, and comfort (1 John 4:18; Ephesians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 1:3). He and I would go on dates where He proved to be my Joy, Hope, and Help. My quiet times with Him were like picnics …