Audacious Asking

The friend at midnight. A simple parable where Jesus teaches us to pray. We’ve skimmed this story dozens of times and could recount it freely. The characters are few: a weary traveler, a needy host, and a sleepy friend. Likewise, the themes are straightforward: hunger, lack, and abundance.  But let’s dig deeper. “Then He said to them, “Suppose one of …

Watchful

“What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40 NKJV) I quickly recognize the scenario. In His most trying hour, our Lord found His closest friends asleep. While He poured out His soul in agony, their eyes closed with exhaustion. I shudder to think of their complacency, but then wonder: does my life exhibit any difference? “Child, could …

All For One

Medicine proved no benefit. This once healthy young man was left paralyzed, unable to move. The only thing that had changed was his family’s future. One of his friends caught wind that a Teacher was in town. This Carpenter turned Rabbi not only healed lepers and cast out demons, He even tamed the weather on occasion. His stories kept people …

Grappling

I query I question Problem looming, awkward and heavy Obstacle mounting Burdensome.   I puzzle I ponder Thoughts upturning, spilling and staining Logic fleeting Incomprehensible.   I brood I bleed Emotions surging, turbulent and shifting Sentiment boiling Irrepressable.   I lament I languish Character evanescent, evaporating and ephemeral Intention inadequate Hopeless.   A breath. A wisp. A vapor.   I …