Dry Bones

This Sunday, the Old Testament reading is Ezekiel’s vision of the Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14). In Bible study this morning as we talked about that text, the question came up, “What kinds of situations do people face which might cause them to despair that they feel like dried, dead bones?  How might God’s … More Dry Bones

Sacred Passages

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased (Luke 3:22) Jesus was baptized at about 30 years of age. At this age, according to Mosaic law, he could be baptized into priesthood.  Scripture doesn’t give us a lot of glimpses into Jesus’ life before this moment and it’s not … More Sacred Passages

Scars

I have a scar on my index finger from a car accident back in 1996.  One minute, I was cruising down a road near Parkers Prairie and the next my car was skating across glare ice until I landed upside down in the ditch.  In the sub-zero November temperatures I assessed my situation.  My glasses … More Scars

Benediction

They sang the closing hymn and gathered in the fellowship hall. One last potluck together. One last time they sang grace gathered around those embroidered table-cloths made by their mothers and grandmothers. One last time they were together under the roof built by their fathers and grandfathers. After one-hundred twenty-five years of ministry, the doors … More Benediction

This Day

  This is the day.  It’s the last time the scent of coffee will drift from the kitchen.  Never again will you see the baby rub sleep out of his eyes as he sits up in the crib to call for you.  Your spouse – with tousled hair – gives you one final good-morning kiss. … More This Day

Dreaming…

I try very hard to not get excited about things too quickly.  I like to have a good balance between hoping for the future and living in the present.  But lately I’m having a difficult time not thinking about opportunities and possibilities.  You know how it is when the perfect thing comes along at just … More Dreaming…