A Smirk in Cana

You know the story: the first and only mention of Jesus celebrating with friends and family at a wedding. But, with time left in the festivities, “The wine gave out” (John 2:3).  The small village of Cana consisted of a few dozen houses on a terraced hillside. Located off the footpath connecting Nazareth and Capernaum, Cana was an agricultural settlement in Galilee. …

The Treehouse

Book-satchel in tow, I scrambled off the dusty, yellow school bus onto where the farm-to-market road comes to a “T.” Finally home, I was glad to leave the hand-clapping game in the front of the bus and the loud kissing in the back. My second-grade stomach grumbled loudly, anticipating the brownies my mother promised to bake. As I rounded the …

Your Pilot Light of Prayer

Before time existed, the Fire burned. This blazing Fire ignites character, consuming one and sparking another into a warm glow. Those that stand the test of fire kindle into a pinpoint of light to shine within darkness. They themselves are not the Fire but re-present the Flame, like an ever-ready pilot light. You are that pilot light. Small but unquenchable, …

Mind Reset

Like revolving skyward on a spiral escalator, my thoughts ascend to the realm of the Kingdom. “First things first,” I hear upon entry, for Kingdom matters are of utmost importance here. Rather than allowing lower things to feed anxiety into my mind, I turn my restless energy toward seeking Truth above.  Breathing deeply of hope, I loiter among the promises …

The Realm of the Possible

There’s a dimension where all things are possible. A realm where the tangled becomes loose, and the unfeasible becomes achievable. Images of the place appear in our dreams, but we seldom access the sphere during daylight hours. We’re vaguely aware of its presence, yet we rarely enter. This place is very close, yet not in our immediate element. Whether located …

The One Thing

I was twenty years old when I spent my first summer in Asia. Afternoons in sub-tropical heat forced me indoors, so I retreated to the third floor to spend solitary time before the Word of God and a single rotary fan. All summer, a long-distance relationship remained at the forefront of my mind. He was tall, tan, and good-looking, with …

When Darkness Fled

I lay aside the quill as my eyes mist with remembrance. How often I think back to those sequenced events. Even today, some thirty years after the fact, my heart still quivers from the splendor of that night. You see, I walked with this Man. His feet dirtied with the fine Jordanian clay as did mine. I talked with Him, …

The Puzzle Parable

It was the first day of class, and a handful of preschool students filled the classroom with laughter and excitement. Despite the abundant learning resources in every corner, most students were more interested in entertainment than in education. The instructor realized the immaturity of the children and that this lesson would involve a lifetime.  The teacher, wise and experienced, knew …