The Real Prescription

I have had to power through some melancholy this week, which is nothing new. I have learned that my depression is fed by a self-focused state of mind. I was focused on me, again. In the midst of feeling down, I suddenly caught myself singing a Twila Paris song, “I will delight my heart in... Continue Reading →

Aspiring to Live Less Quietly

I have been feeling restless. It is a sense that I am not using my time wisely or doing what I ought to be. One day this week, I was listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio show, on my way home from work. A twenty-year-old called in asking about next steps for financial planning and finishing... Continue Reading →

What Tomorrow Holds

Last week, I postulated that these times are not actually more uncertain than any others, we are simply more aware of the uncertainty than usual. I have heard recently that some businesses are making plans to keep offices closed into next year, while retailers are planning to not have Black Friday in November. I am... Continue Reading →

Dropping Anchor

Just when it felt like life might return to normal, my state’s governor took measures to close down churches and businesses, again. This week, I felt the anxiety and discouragement wash over me. I don’t think that I have ever been so concerned for my community or the future of my country. Uncertainty seems to... Continue Reading →

Changing My Name

I have always liked my name; I think it suits me. It is simple, but not too popular. It’s Biblical, but not archaic. Of course, when I was growing up, my family had a lot of nicknames for me that had nothing to do with my given name. My mother had sweet names of endearment... Continue Reading →

What I’m Not Missing

What I’m not missing probably says more than what I am. The conditions brought about by the response to the pandemic may be a better gauge of personality than any assessment that has been created for that purpose. One assessment I took, over twenty years ago, declared me to be a “clear introvert.” All these... Continue Reading →

Peter and Me

Every time I begin reading the book of Acts, I wonder why those who compiled the Scripture separated Luke’s two books. But as I get into the narrative, I appreciate the lineup and see God’s hand in it. John’s Gospel ends with Jesus and Peter on the lake shore. Peter, when he saw Jesus on... Continue Reading →

Fear as a Motivator

In the face of these difficult, stormy times in our nation, I find I have turned to prayer. I am far from having mastered the spiritual discipline of prayer; it is not one of my strengths. But if I have ever prayed so fervently for my community and my country, I can’t remember it. I... Continue Reading →

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