April 28 My family ran out of time to watch an Easter movie last Sunday. So it wasn’t until Tuesday that we finished the film Risen. I’m glad we waited. I needed the reminder that Christ’s resurrection doesn’t end on Easter Sunday. In the liturgical year of Christianity, Eastertide lasts fifty days, beginning on Easter … Continue reading Easter Isn’t Over
April 21 Fiery horizon, flaming sun Pulls me from my sleep Power of life takes my hand Colorfully beckons me Awakening heart, stirring soul Mercies fresh as dew With the flaring, sunlit clouds I pass from night to new Fiery outline, flaming Son Eclipsing tomb’s cold stone Power of life quakes the earth … Continue reading Sonrise
Two thousand years ago a sinless man set his face toward Jerusalem. He heaved a cross on his shoulders and climbed a hill outside the city gates. He let seething men drill nails through his veins. He hung against the wood, bleeding, gasping, dying, forsaken. He bore the foaming ocean of God’s wrath so we … Continue reading Meditation, Celebration, and a Good Friday Playlist
April 14 Spring is unfolding dramatically here in Missouri. Each morning I wake to a bit more green and a few more blossoms than the day before. They’re a constant reminder of the new life Christ offers. Lately, I’ve found myself humming the lyrics to songs by Andrew Peterson (one of my favorite artists) that … Continue reading Songs to Echo Spring
April 7 Last Thursday, I talked about joy (and how mine can be flimsy). I tend to feel happy and label it as lasting joy. But when the sunshine fades and clouds roll in, I see my mistake. Today I’m sharing a quote by D.L. Moody—nineteenth century preacher and revivalist—on the difference between happiness and … Continue reading Happiness or Joy?
I’ve always had a thing for sunshine. It’s the reason summer is my favorite season. The sun doesn’t just supply light; it warms my bones and gladdens my soul. I tend to feel more spiritually alive on days when the sun is bright and the sky is blue. Maybe you’re the same way. Maybe sunshine … Continue reading Is Your Joy Flimsy?