Family Reunions

The blessings of Christmas are many, but one particular delight is gathering as a family. Some of my earliest and fondest memories are family reunions. It wasn’t always fun: I can’t count how many times I was pinched on the cheek. And, despite my best...

Is That the Real You?

Its normal this time of year. Many embrace the idea of pretending to be someone, or something, they’re not. We virtually celebrate kids’ use of imagination and dress-up with the purchase of costumes and related paraphernalia. Hundreds of costumed...

A Work in Progress

When I was a teenager, my dad took it upon himself to learn how to play the violin. I politely asked if he would exchange the instrument, perhaps for a chalkboard and nails. Or maybe a crying infant … a dentist drill, anything else, please. I thought, to be sure, I...

A Walk on the Beach

Nothing comes closer to the feeling of hitting a reset button than a long walk on the beach. It clears my mind and allows me to relax, to think, and to reflect on life. I love the beach for many reasons but, chiefly, it is an immediate reminder that what I think I...

Life On Mission

Charles Spurgeon drew a clear line, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter”. These words sting with truth. They vigorously grip my heart even as I pack my bags to go overseas on mission. I recognize that not everyone will physically go to...
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