Faithfulness Fridays: Safety and Storms

I love storms.

Something about the oncoming waves of thunder rolling towards you, the flashes which light up a world both unfamiliar yet exciting, and the changing cadence of rain pattering or pouring enthralls me. Continue reading

If America Falls

I’m frustrated right now. I’m upset.

I’ve watched our leaders run rough-shod over democracy, lie openly and blatantly about their actions and words, put themselves above the law, and ignore all rules of courtesy and even morality; and then watched the people of America accept it. I am persuaded that the Land of the Free, our glorious Republic, is coming apart. The United States of America is dying.

But, despite what you might think, this isn’t a political post.

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Loving Mondays: The Highest Love

What are the words that best expresses love to you?

Is it “As you wish”? Or “I know”? Perhaps it is “*insert name here*, will you marry me?” or “I’ll never leave you,” or even “Till death do us part”?

Or is it, perhaps, For God so loved.

And we’ve heard those words so many times. They’re so familiar. Athletes write the reference in their eye blacks, stores put it on the bottom of their bags, and churches plaster it on benches at bus-stops.  We have mouthed these words again and again at Sunday school, and yet sometimes never stop to think about what they actually mean. Continue reading

Announcement: Faithfulness Fridays/Loving Mondays

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O most High: to shew forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1-2

We need to praise God, to thank Him always.

Period. Full stop.

I honestly don’t have to go on, nor expand this any further. Even the child who knows his catechism can tell you this. What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Now of course, this answer has an ocean, an universe of meaning behind it, yet still can be compressed into one simple sentence.

But oftentimes,  it is the simplest commandments which are also the easiest to overlook. We get caught up in the everyday chaos, the everyday drama, the everyday business; and forget. Continue reading

Don’t Be Swept Away

Today I was supposed to write a post about how life is beautiful.

And that post will happen, because life certainly can be, as God’s common grace abounds in the loveliness of His creation.

But some days, life doesn’t feel beautiful. Some days it seems the whole world is going in a no good, very bad, terrible way.  Like a top, we seem to be spinning more and more erratically, the horizon swinging up and down at the strangest angles, until at last we must fall over completely. Continue reading

Better Than a Fairy-tale

Life is an adventure, but oftentimes we don’t see it.

Everyone loves a good fairy-tale. The valiant knight rides off on his quest with his trusty white steed, braves many dangers, trials, and traps, and at last faces the dreadful dragon. Yet our brave hero does not despair, but fights off this fearful foe, finishing him off with one mighty blow. In the process, he rescues the lovely princess. She blushingly puts forth her hand, which our knight raises to his lips to kiss, whispering “as you wish”. The pair ride off together into the sunset, to live happily ever after. The little children cheer, and we smile good-naturedly as we close the book and put it back on the shelf.

Regardless of age, I think there is always a little part of us that enjoys fairy-tales. I used to think this was because fairy-tales showed normal life as more exciting, more beautiful, more adventurous than it really is. And perhaps there is truth in that.

But perhaps, just perhaps, there is truth in the opposite. Continue reading