Dad

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26   We had many wonderful ‘dad and daughter’ dates at Burgerville, Sharis and Applebees. The Friday before he died was one…

Counselors … today we call them mentors

For 40 years Moses lived and worked alongside his father-in-law — before receiving his assignment from God to lead 2 million people out of slavery in Egypt into the freedoms of the promised land. Moses received his instructions from God for his mission — leading the Israelites across the desert and Red Sea — amidst…

2015 – Part 1: Spiritual Direction

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they…

Bryce windows

I can point the way

“You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony that I have is…

Sunlight through old growth forest, Oswald State Park

2014 — The year where nothing is impossible for God

“And God said, “Let there be light.” Genesis 1:3 God’s word is his command. He performs his word. God’s word is active in my life. What he says about me and the characteristics he attributes to me I must put on. In my own might and struggle many things are impossible — but with God’s…

If Bonhoeffer were a blogger I’d follow him

I don’t want to be lazy but Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s 1936 letter to his brother-in-law Rudiger Schleicher, expresses my heart and thoughts exactly. First of all I will confess quite simply – I believe that the Bible alone is the answer to all our questions, and that we need only to ask repeatedly and a little…

2013 — A look back

Every year I take a short solo weekend somewhere close as a sort of spiritual renewal and to intentionally look at the past year.  I sit now in Astoria reading journal entries from my 2013 solo trip to Seaside. As last year, the weather here is gorgeous — beautiful blue sky, no wind, no precipitation…