Rise

Rise

This passage gives me a vivid image of the psalmist. I imagine the person who wrote this verse rising before dawn and seeking out a remote and beautiful location like a forest or mountain top. As the sky lightens, the psalmist reaches out their hands and cries out to...
Give

Give

In his book “Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace,” Miroslav Volf identifies two false images of God that we find irresistible. The first is God the Negotiator, whose favor must be bought, who operates according to the law of...
Kiss

Kiss

After six years in Egypt, I still had to think about who I was greeting.  Was she Syrian, Lebanese, Sudanese? If she was Egyptian, was she from Cairo or from the south?  Why did this matter? Because, when we greeted one another, it would be with a kiss; and...
City

City

The city, like the Church, is a structure. Often referred to as a building, the Church is more than that. We are the Church—the people—built on one foundation, Jesus Christ our Lord. If we are the Church, what makes up the city?  Saint Augustine outlined an idea...
Rest

Rest

What wearies you today? What burdens do you carry?  (Before you read on, take time to reflect on your answers.) Where do I find my peace? What is the rest I seek? (Stop. Reflect.) When our children were young my wife and I didn’t send them to bed with a book and...
Pain

Pain

In the 16th chapter of John, we find Jesus foreshadowing his earthly exit to his disciples. He makes a point to contrast the pain and persecution that they will face in evangelizing with the joy and peace found in a life lived with the Holy Spirit and eventual eternal...