Pruning: A Lesson in the Garden of Life

Pruning: A Lesson in the Garden of Life

Pruning is something I have to make myself do. I like things to look natural. At some point, whether it’s a beard or a bush, most things can use trimming up. So I snipped. I snipped too fast. I do quite a few things too fast. The roses in my garden looked leggy,...

A Thanksgiving Lesson for Advent: Be Prepared.

Before Thanksgiving, his wife asked him nicely. Several times. Then his stepdaughter mentioned it would be a good idea. Despite many warnings, someone didn’t heed them. Sometimes we receive only one task to do. We’d like to think we’re on top of it,...

Defending Christian Faith: Lessons Learned

No matter what we do, our Christian faith is not going to please everyone. That’s a given. When someone has a bone to pick with us, it can feel like a low blow when they call us out on our Christian faith like one bully I know. Especially when it’s a...

5 Ways to Deal with the Essential Sadness of Today

I keep waking up to a gnawing sadness in my spirit these days. Perhaps you know what I mean? The sadness doesn’t surprise me with all that’s going on in the world today: the double-edged sword of a pandemic that some refuse to respect; a rising...