Of Love

Of Love

On this Labor of Love Day, enjoy this poem.   Of Love Selected by Dan Clendenin. Mary Oliver (b. 1935) Of Love I have been in love more times than one, thank the Lord. Sometimes it was lasting whether active or not. Sometimes it was all but ephemeral, maybe only...
3 Ways Wisdom Is Threatened in the Information Age

3 Ways Wisdom Is Threatened in the Information Age

by: Brett McCracken There are three big dynamics of the Information Age, and the technology of the Information Age, that work against our wisdom, making it hard to be wise. One is that there’s just too much. There’s an information overload, and it’s...
The Lord Provides—Even in Tragedy

The Lord Provides—Even in Tragedy

From the Grips of Death My first thought when paramedics wheeled him into the trauma bay was that he was just a kid. My second was that he looked like he was dying. His skin was clammy and his pulse faint. I called his name, but he only moaned. Removal of his shirt...
The Loving Soul’s Jubilation

The Loving Soul’s Jubilation

Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153) Jesus, the very thought of Thee, with sweetness fills my breast, but sweeter far Thy face to see, and in Thy presence rest. Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame, nor can the memory find a sweeter sound than Thy blest name, o Savior...
Rejoicing and Renewing Daily: How to Take Your Thoughts Captive

Rejoicing and Renewing Daily: How to Take Your Thoughts Captive

With the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus ramping up, below are some good suggestions for keeping our thoughts and gaze on God:   One of the consequences of having more time on our hands is that we also have more time alone with our thoughts. Sometimes this...
5 Uplifting Prayers for Teachers

5 Uplifting Prayers for Teachers

Student, Parents, and Grandparents – join me in lifting our teachers up in prayer. Teachers – let’s find some quiet time to pray for our students and their parents. Each of the following three parents’ prayers for teachers, and the two teachers’ prayers for the school...
An Open Letter to the Hesitant Church-Goer

An Open Letter to the Hesitant Church-Goer

The past year has been tumultuous and exhausting, with tectonic shifts in the ways we live and work and relate with each other. Societies are changing, and no one quite knows what the new “normal” will be. But as we experience the kinds of trouble that Jesus promised...
How to Reconnect with God: 4 Ways to Overcome Spiritual Numbness

How to Reconnect with God: 4 Ways to Overcome Spiritual Numbness

cathy mcintosh We’ve all been there: those long, hard seasons in life when God feels distant, and as hard as we try, we can’t seem to find our way back to Him. We know we want to dive into our Bibles and find the verses whose truths will resound deeply within us, pray...