Friends Journal (Page 2)

Friends Journal (Page 2)

LIFE WAS GOOD, OR SO WE THOUGHT

Christi and I are proud members of Friends Church and blessed by the relationships and lessons we feel we have learned during our time as members of the church. Christi and I are from Brenham, Texas and were wed just a week after graduation from Texas A&M University. Following our wedding we started our life together as a military family.  14 years and 10 moves later…

Count Your Many Blessings

Many years ago a famous song evangelist was traveling with some missionaries through Africa. His assignment was to lead the praise-worship time before the missionary brought the sermon. The trip had been long. Heat and sickness had bothered the little team of itinerant travelers. The food was always of unfamiliar local flavors versus an American diet. Many nights they…

On Being Transformed

My spiritual life is usually a complete mess. I look at my bookshelves and marvel that anyone even attempts to write books about spirituality, all those pieces of paper bound together with string and glue, with all their chapters and subheadings and beginnings and endings and ability to be alphabetized.  All that cohesion. My spiritual journey is not so hygienic.  I…

Waking

When Peter awoke on Thursday morning, he did not yet know. That night, he would eat torn bread and drink shared wine.  He would listen as Jesus predicted denial and betrayal, and he would stubbornly shake his head.  “Even if all fall away, I will not.”  He would use words like “never” and would make loud promises of certainty.  All his sentences would end in exclamation…

i am

Your jubilant song to Moses: I AM WHO I AM.   “When they ask you my name, this is what     you will tell them,         this is what you will tell them,             tell my people I AM,                 I AM, I AM, I AM,” like the deep cadence of a chime answering itself in the canyons of deep desert.   You grieve in the face of slavery and move to intervene   …

Crisis of Faith

In college, I had what I guess what you might call a “crisis of faith,” which seems too neat and succinct a term for the slow-motion trainwreck that it actually was.  Slowly but steadily, everything I had always taken for granted about God was stripped away, and I found myself standing in a world of stark unbelief.  No words can adequately describe what that is like, when…

Thoughts From Father’s Day

Deuteronomy 5:9, 10: “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” When I was young, my dad would take my sisters and me to the…
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