Tag Archive | renewal

From Bombs To Beauty

We built bombs there. Big ones. Torpedoes, actually. The Mark XIV big green was assembled there. At the end of WWI the US Naval Torpedo Factory on the waterfront in Arlington, Virginia was built and put into service. The idea was to prepare in case of future world conflicts. The powerful and terrifying weapons built […]

I Hope So

The words came across his desk through tears laced with deep compassion. “It will get better.” My resigned response was simple. “I hope so.” I had used those words a thousand times in darker moments of life when pain was the order of the day. It had served as my expression of inner weariness and psychic exhaustion. A sort of […]

I Thirst

We had just left the opening night of our church’s passion play. The scene that unfolded in the restaurant is still a source of laughter around our house. I was worship and arts pastor at a substantial church bent on authentically reproducing the Crucifixion every year. (That year we nearly killed Jesus by dropping him off the […]

A Different Kind of New Year

It was a blur. I heard rumors it happened, but have only a hazy recall.     Yep, missed it completely. And no, it wasn’t too much celebratory Champaign. We were moving into our new home and throughout both Christmas and New Years when everyone else was partying we were packing and unpacking. Cardboard boxes replaced […]

Little Gifts From A Big God

Her eyes were as big as silver dollars when she looked over my head and gasped in surprise. Without taking her eyes off whatever had mesmerized her, Dianne said, “Don’t move! Just look over your shoulder.” Now those are not the first contradictory commands I’ve heard from my wife of 35 years, but I could […]

Just Like Me!

The only thing better than a new baby around the house is… TWO! That pleasure is amplified when they are grand-babies! That is the happy predicament in which my wife and I find ourselves. Two new grandbabies invading our lives only a few months apart and each planting their own flag of conquest in our […]

Hidden Beauty

Sticks. That’s really all they were. Whether unused lumber from a construction site or broken branches from a tree, they were discarded scraps of wood deemed unfit for use. Nothing but waste. Refuse. Junk. Fuel to be thrown in the fire. That’s what most people thought. But not Luther. He would pick up an old piece of wood and see what no […]

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