More Than You Prayed For

Once in a lifetime. We say it often, but Zechariah experienced it for real. By tradition and because there were so many Levitical priests, many priests never had a chance to go into the Temple to serve. If they did get the chance…it was the chance of a lifetime. Such a great honor and rare privilege. (Luke […]

A Swift Kick in the Ask

It wasn’t much really. Just a nudge in the pre-dawn thoughts on a Wednesday morning in late January–like a poke from a friend on Facebook. I woke up and knew I was to speak at my Dad’s memorial service. I also knew exactly what I was supposed to say. Now understand, Dad wasn’t dead or […]

Our Daily Bread

Warning: having children who are healthy, green, fit and organic will take all the fun out of junk food. Nothing will ruin a good fast food binge like learning what is actually in the crap I just consumed. It seems my young ‘uns are committed to having me around for a while so they take […]


“Sincerely yours”… The salutation is strangely out-of-place when it closes a form letter from someone I don’t know or with whom I don’t relate. They are neither sincere nor mine! It’s just a silly citation in a meaningless message. But lately I’ve been challenged as I have rolled my eyes at such trite auto-signatures. Do I […]

Papa Can You Hear Me?

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you…” Honestly, I’m nearly sick to death of hearing it. From politicians to news anchors; from preachers to movie stars, it has become the in-thing to say when confronted by people whose lives have been shattered. Not that having someone think prayerfully about me when I’m hurting isn’t significant. On […]

Why I Still Pray

“I’m like the persistent widow before the judge…I’m going to keep reminding You of this until You do something about it.” I’ve heard her say it many times, in many critical moments of our 35-year marriage. When our children are sick, our grandkids in crisis or our home under attack. When friends are suffering, leaders […]

Bubble Wrapped

Whirling dervish. It’s my nickname at work. I got it because when it comes to setting up or tearing down a trade show booth, I get focused, frenetic and fierce. People step back to watch me destroy the booth and pack up all its contents in minutes. But my work style ain’t pretty! And without fail, […]

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