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 …

From Glory to Glory

  “Show me Your glory,” I sang. From the depths of my soul, I craved Him Or so I assumed.   “Show me Your glory,” I asserted. And went to religion with pick and shovel as a gold miner Seeking his fortune.   “Show me Your glory,” I maintained. Perseveringly. Determined. I exerted to find the interior, Desiring the depths, …

Robbed of the View

Once every hour, Philip Johnson’s house disappears.   But, it wasn’t originally built that way.   Philip completed his Connecticut home in 1949 to overlook the nearby pond. As an architect, Mr. Johnson designed this unique house specifically to live amidst the landscape. Constructed almost entirely of glass, the house brings the amazing woodland views into every room. Just imagine drinking …

The Anointing Flask

  Jesus,   I’ve been thinking about the alabaster vial from which you were anointed (Matthew 26:7). Doubtless, the flask itself was ornately carved and had traveled from a great distance, as alabaster was native to Egypt not Israel.    A calcite formation, ancient alabaster was usually from caves of stalagmitic limestone. Easily carved with a knife, how amazing it …

The Team Dynamics of Selfishness

“And he scores for the opposing team!!!”   I was at middle school basketball tournament when I heard the announcer utter these horrid words. Even though neither of the teams were mine, I could feel the embarrassment of the guilty 7th-grade turncoat.    Certain that their team was going to loose the game anyway, this gangly boy had been brought …