Back to Bethlehem

Back to Bethlehem

Dear Naomi, Your home town of Bethlehem is a big deal this time of year. We tend to focus on Mary and Joseph traveling there to be counted in the census and to give birth to Jesus in a stable. Of course, long before Mary and Joseph made their weary way to Bethlehem,...
Thank You, Moses

Thank You, Moses

Dear Moses, Gender, nationality, age, geography, and time in history—we are radically different, you and I. God used you to free a nation, destroy the oppressors, give the law, set up the tabernacle, and pen the Pentateuch. Given all that—it does not seem that we have...
Holy Defiance

Holy Defiance

I’m guessing Shiphrah and Puah may not be names you recognize, but—trust me—they matter! Their story is astounding. These two middle-eastern women were famine refugees in a forced labor camp. Among the refugees, they were the lowest of the low. Status in their culture...
Stories Like Stars

Stories Like Stars

It was full dark when I left home. By the time I drove out of town, the world was pre-dawn grey. As the sun topped the mountains, the growing light turned the world around me full-color beautiful.  The brilliance of the sunrise fueled my hope as I drove towards...
The Game of Faith

The Game of Faith

The maze I developed for a game recently did not seem especially challenging.  To make it through, each contestant had to— 1) Step on lily pads floating on a liquid-lava-lake (which looked a lot like squares of paper towel on a carpet).   2) High step...
Cheerful (or Not)

Cheerful (or Not)

As I stood in line at the grocery, my thoughts were interrupted by the young man in front of me.  “Are you okay?” he asked. Startled, I looked up. “Yes.”  “You’ll get through it,” he said. “Whatever it is.”  I gave him a baffled look. “You just look so sad,...

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