March 6 | A Brief update
Excerpt: Winter is coming to a close and in some respect, that symbolizes chapters of life that are ready to be closed as well. My “transition” to Maryland is virtually over – I am now integrating. I am integrating into my new role, new community neighborhood, new church community and in a few short months, seminary community. I don’t know what is more challenging – diving into change or taking the long road by committing to the things that have changed.
March 12 | beautiful worship (devotional)
Excerpt: In the Bible Reading Plan I’m following this year, today’s text was Matthew 26-28. However, I spent time meditating on Matt 26:10. “But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.” I was recently having a conversation with a friend about the word beautiful, and after reading this verse, I was struck by Jesus’ description of this woman’s worship.
March 16 | A comfort received
Excerpt: Today would have been Heidi’s 35th birthday. I wish I could remember what we did last year for her 34th. I remember thinking to myself in the first week of her death how noticeably quickly my memory of even simple things faded into the dust of history. Parts of me cringe to think of this, and still other parts want to rage against it. What the apostle Paul says about death is true: Death is an enemy; albeit the last enemy defeated by Christ’s resurrection, an enemy nonetheless.
March 23 | thinking about death (series 1 of 6)
Excerpt: “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.” Ecclesiastes 7:2. Question – Do you believe this verse above? I admit, on the surface, this verse is bit outrageous. It appears outrageous because one of those houses of mourning is a house where someone is dying or has just died, and those surviving friends and family reflect on the loss of the one they love.
March 28 | Consider the wildflowers (article)
Excerpt: Today is the one year anniversary of Heidi’s going to glory and so I wanted to write a piece for this day. My aim is to cast a vision of hope, of beauty, of life, of heaven but also a sense of contemplation into the mystery of God, of trust in God, and a challenge to our natural fears of things in life on this side of Heaven.