Elijah was an Old Testament prophet on the run because he shared a very unpopular word from the Lord to the King and Queen. God sent him to a poor destitute widow for refuge and rest. When Elijah arrived at her house she struggled to know how she would provide for this strange guest let alone her own family.
The story of Ruth and Boaz is truly extraordinary. Though Jesus isn’t mentioned, I believe that he is fully present as Boaz creates a space at his table for the foreigner Ruth and her destitute mother-in-law Naomi. Indeed, God shows up when they make room for each other, break bread, and share their lives.
When our children were small, my wife and I used to tell them at dinnertime, “You get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit!” Ever hear that one? Well do you ever get “hangry” when you are hungry and what is served doesn’t quite match up to your expect
The Apostle Paul encouraged the Greek speaking Hebrews to “Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. But also do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Today we dive
Epiphany on January 6 is a time when the Church celebrates the arrival of the Magi (Wisemen) in Jerusalem seeking the one born “King of the Jews.” It comes at a time long after the rest of our culture has put away the Christmas Season. But we are told that these pagan astrologers came seeking light amidst a time of gr
We’ve all seen the bumper sticker, “Know Jesus, Know Peace. No Jesus, No Peace.” But did you know that the peace that Jesus brings is more than just an internal calm or state of well-being? True biblical peace or shalom is multifaceted.
Imagine a child calling out to their parent, but the parent doesn’t answer…for a very long time! It would be easy to assume that maybe the parent was either too distracted or simple didn’t care. That silence can be deafening and seem to last forever.
In this season of Advent we are called to remember that our God is a Mighty God…One who brings new life from barren places and who plants seeds of faith in us that reach maturity in God’s time and God’s way. But it’s also a season in which many people who are grieving the loss of a loved one can feel confused or lost. My hope is that wherever we may fin
Listening to the radio we are reminded that this is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” But I would venture to say that it’s not because of the tinsel, snow, or wrapped presents around a tree. What makes it so wonderful is the gift of Jesus Christ, God’s promise
One day we will each stand before God and give an account for our lives on earth. Did we think only of ourselves, satisfying our needs and desires? Or did we think of others needs as important as our own? Living generously means that we offer all that we are for God’s purposes in the world. This includes our talents, passions,