Like Sheep

Like Sheep One of my daily chores when I lived with my grandfather in northern Ghana was taking care of sheep.  Each morning I took them out to pasture and returned by evening.  That was when I first noticed how stubborn sheep can be.  Whenever they saw a farm for...

Time to Grow

Time to Grow  In Debbie’s new home, she discovered an abandoned plant in a dark corner of the kitchen.  The dusty and ragged leaves looked like those of a moth orchid, and she imagined how pretty the plant would look once it had sent up new bloom-bearing stems.  She...

Prayer Marathon

Prayer Marathon   Do you struggle to maintain a consistent prayer life?  Many of us do.  We know that prayer is important, but it can also be downright difficult.  We have moments of deep communion with God and then we have times when it feels like we’re just going...

Meant to Be Understood

Meant to Be Understood   I enjoy visiting museums such as the National Gallery in London and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.  While most of the art is breathtaking, some of it confuses me.  I  look at seemingly random splashes of color on canvas and realize I...

God’s Unchanging Word

Thank You, Lord, for the gift of Your Word.  Thank You for its truth, its timelessness, and the guidance You give us by that Word.  Help us believe and trust everything You say.  The psalmist wrote: “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Psalm...

The Spirit Delivers

The Spirit Delivers   Until recently, many towns in rural Ireland didn’t use house numbers or postal codes.  So if there were three Patrick Murphys in town, the newest resident with that name would not get his mail until it was first delivered to the other two Patrick...
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