The Why of Spiritual Winter

By Kandy Persall Old Man Winter has his place. He brings us holidays, vacations and our anniversary. Blankets of snow and crystals of ice are beautiful, but after a while, we are ready for spring. There is a larger purpose for winter. It’s necessary for growth. Winter is an ugly time for most trees. They shed their leaves and reveal …

Angel Unaware

“Be ready with a meal or a bed when it’s needed. Why, some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it!” (Hebrews 13:2, The Message) Just so you know, we weren’t the angels. We were, however, the strangest of strangers when Llwlyn took us into her home. We’d spent four years in Asia and needed her mothering more than …

The Fruit-Bearer

I grew up in a small, rural church as the only “regular” under the age of 45.   From the time my mother began taking me to Pansy Church, Bobbie Trull was my mentor.   Bobbie unfolded the Gospels to me during my impressional elementary years.   She believed in me during my awkward middle school years.   She taught …

Seeds of Thought

  We recently had the opportunity to visit one of our favorite spots in South Carolina:   The Cooley Brothers Peach Shed.     When we lived nearby, we were some of their regulars. From mid-June to September, Mark and I lived on a daily regimen of what the ancient Romans called the “Persian apple”. We just called it delicious.  …