Thursday, November 27, 2014

What I'm Thankful For at Thanksgiving

I've had a good year.  I'm thankful for my health, which is better today than it was this time last year.  I am thankful for my immediate and extended family, for the privilege to be part of their lives.  I'm thankful for the joy and honor of living in Siberia and the deep friendships I've developed here.  I'm thankful that all of these things and people are part of my story.  But what if this year

Monday, November 24, 2014

Which is Easier to Say? - Mark 2:1-12 Post 9

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"He can't say that," they were thinking. "He isn't God."

When You asked them, "Why are you thinking these things?" (Mark 2:6-8), You knew the issue was You.

You responded, "Which is easier to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or 'Get up, take

Monday, November 17, 2014

I Am Not the Hero in This Story - Mark 2:1-12 Post 8

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I wanted to be strong.  I wanted to be the hero.  I wanted to be the one who carried - tearing through barriers for my friends. To be the one others depended on.

In this story, I had hoped it would be me - carrying, lifting, delivering to Your feet.

But it isn't.

Monday, November 10, 2014

I Wonder: Do I Love Like This? - Mark 2:1-12 Post 7

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They intrigue me. (Mark 2:5) 
 I wonder who they were, whose idea it was, how many of them were there, what they were thinking and feeling, how far they had come - but mostly I wonder if I love like they did.

I wonder who they were.  Friends, cousins, brothers, sons, a father, father-in-law, brother-in-laws, son-in-laws, grandsons, nephews,

Monday, November 3, 2014

Am I Content to Stay the Way I Am? - Mark 2:1-12 Post 6

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I wondered last time if the paralyzed man was disappointed when You forgave his sins but had not yet healed him (Mark 2:5).  Would he have been satisfied if the story ended with "Your sins are forgiven"?  Would I have been satisfied?

One one hand, I hope I would have been.  I hope that just seeing You, being near You, and hearing those words would have meant so much that it