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The Hills Are Alive

The wildness of the way still has beauty and bounty, even when the path is overgrown. The paths through the hills are still dressed in God’s joy, no matter the brambles.


This I Know

Mrs. Harrison is the first teacher I remember in Sunday School. She had a gentle smile, a modest bouffant, and she made sure I learned the most important thing: “Jesus loves me.”


How Lovely

Your home, O God, is in the mess and the mistakes as well as the grace and the gratitude. Your home is in all that makes me who I am.


Adjust Your Crown

When we are not feeling our defense and strength, we do well to adjust our crowns, knowing ourselves to be residents of God’s households, anointed for immense possibility.


Hope in the Rain

Strengthen your heart as you wait for God’s early and late rain. Be patient. Show endurance. Dig and hope.


Judgy Jesus

Don’t fall for the divine, dual-personality theory about God and the Bible. God is both gracious and wrathful, and we need God’s wrath as much as we need God’s grace.


Please, Please, Please

Please…please…please…please? Please? PLEASE? PLEASE? Pleeeeeeeaaaase? Amen.


Rest.

The right time for sabbath is not when our work is finished, but when it has piled up until we cannot see over it into a hopeful future.


Mizpah

In a world of lies and rumors, contractual loopholes and selective memory, we need more mizpah in our lives—symbols of mutual respect and standards of justice


For a Sardine

When we are weak, needing kindness, we rarely gravitate towards the perfect and the pure. When what we need is mercy, we look for someone reeking of sardines.