Have you ever had something keep you up all night? Maybe it was excitement about an upcoming trip, or anxiety about some pressing issue. Whatever it was, it was enough to make you long for morning. When Christ was crucified, the event was devastating to all His followers. Because they never quite understood Him when … Continue reading The early disciple gets the Savior
It is well with my soul
Lately, the hymn It is Well with My Soul has been on my mind. So, I thought I’d refresh my memory on the story behind it. This song was written in 1873 by Horatio Spafford (1828-1888), a successful Christian lawyer and businessman from Chicago. In addition to his thriving law practice, Spafford was also heavily … Continue reading It is well with my soul
Moving on means leaving some things behind.
I remember reading or hearing somewhere that if a person is in an urgent situation where they have to evacuate quickly and they have time to rescue one thing (other than loved ones), they typically go for the thing they value most. I remember seeing this played out once. Jane and I were enjoying a … Continue reading Moving on means leaving some things behind.
When Your Heart is too Heavy for Song
I was supposed to write a devotional this morning if for no other reason than that I consider it an act of worship and something I enjoy. Today, I just could not put my heart into it. My wife and I are facing some real hardship right now. I won’t go into detail, but our … Continue reading When Your Heart is too Heavy for Song
Reconciliation, Not Destruction
The goal of God’s discipline in our lives is never destruction. It is always aimed toward reconciliation. For most of us, when God brings chastisement, we see it as the end of the world. In a sense it is. Because there are some sins that carry heavy and life-changing consequences. Some of our actions can … Continue reading Reconciliation, Not Destruction
Dealing with a Friend’s Grief: The Art of Saying Nothing
When someone is grieving over devastating loss, sometimes the best thing to say is nothing and the best thing to do is just being there.