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Spent Shells

Ethiopian farmers find them all the time. Spent shells. Bomb casings from past wars and conflicts litter their fields like plastic water bottles on a busy roadside. This left-over battle waste must be cleared or it serves as a hazard to the farmer’s meager equipment. Question is, “What do you do with spent shells?” These […]

The Garden

It started in a garden. Creation. Worlds erupted to life. Stars flung through skies. Planets spun into orbits. Mountains sculpted. Seas filled. Chaos took shape as order was formed. The void animated with the energies of new life. Out of dust man was created. From his body, a perfect match forged. In place of nothing, a beautiful, flourishing Garden called Eden burst forth full of life […]

I Wouldn’t Go There!

It is a kind of red flag warning. Words meant to stop you from going where angels fear to tread. You are about to venture into an arena of conversation that will open a Pandora’s box of old pain and unleash a Kraken of ugly emotion. It’s like peeling the lid back on a can […]

Manger

I had no idea this is what I was made for. Holding a baby. Not just any baby either. The Baby. Seemed as ridiculous then as it does now. You see, I thought I was made for hay. Cow cud and donkey slobber were my specialty. Dirt and dung my norm. So I could never […]

A Living Nativity

It is a sign as sure as Santa on a sleigh or trimmed trees on display. I know Advent is almost here when I see so many churches advertising their special Christmas productions. Costumes, carols, and crèches transform sanctuaries into reruns of the Story behind all the stuff we call Christmas. Among the most frequent […]

What Do I See?

She was well-known to men. Hated by their wives. Easy on the eyes and available for a price. To say the least, her reputation had preceded her and it was not pretty. It had been so long since she had been treated with respect she had forgotten what it felt like. Being embraced in love was such […]

The Full Extent of His Love

Endings say a lot about what went before. I saw this personally and painfully as I conducted the memorial service of my 36-year-old nephew this week. A brave fire-fighter, a loving husband, a dedicated father, a real friend. David died as he had lived, spending his life-currency on others. The real stuff—the core of what […]

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