Harvester Island, 2023 – A Feast for the Senses!

 September 19, 2023

During the first week of September, I enjoyed a feast for the senses as part of a writer’s retreat on Harvester Island, one of the many islands off of Kodiak Island in Alaska. Harvester Island – Fish Camp Harvester Island is the site of an active fish camp, one of a dwindling number, with boats […]

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With Open Hands – God’s Hands in the Psalms

 August 29, 2023

With open hands, God pours out blessings and abundance on the world. What else do we know about God’s hands from our reading of the Psalms? God’s Hands in the Psalms There are numerous references to hands in the Psalms, from clapping and lifting hands in praise, being at your right hand, and other physical […]

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God’s Eyes in the Psalms

 August 3, 2023

God’s eyes are ever present, ever watchful. They see everything, even that which is hidden. They aren’t blue or green or brown or any known color, at least from what we know from Scripture. But they are all knowing, all loving, as we learn from the Psalms. God’s Eyes in Scripture We read in Scripture […]

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Christmas in July!

 July 18, 2023

My Christmas in July gift to you–the short story, Follow the Star, part of my upcoming book: Christmas in Cascade Falls. Christmas in Cascade Falls: Follow the Star      Despondent over multiple losses, Wesley and Hattie had decided to forego Christmas this year. But then a delivery shows up at their door on Christmas Eve, a […]

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What Can We Learn About Mercy in the Psalms

 July 11, 2023

God’s mercy is vast and deep, surpassing our human capacity to understand. One need only read the Psalms to recognize this. What else can we learn about mercy in the Psalms? Mercy in Scripture The word mercy and forms of the word such as mercies and merciful, occurs over 200 times in Scripture. The majority […]

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Climate Change Comes Home to Michigan

 July 7, 2023

I got out of bed, looking forward to the bike ride I had planned for later, opened the windows to let in the cool morning air, started my coffee, then checked the weather. An air advisory of 139. I closed the windows. No coffee on the patio and as for that bike ride, well, that […]

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The Many Faces of Community

 June 15, 2023

Psalm 133 tells us, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount […]

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A Long Night’s Journey into Day

 June 1, 2023

A Long Day’s Journey into Night is an American classic. Over the course of one day, Eugene O’Neil tells the story of his family’s struggle with addiction. The promise of day gives way to night as Mary, the mother in the play, sinks back into the darkness of opioid addiction. But for me, thinking about […]

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Not Every Voice You Hear in Prayer comes from God

 May 23, 2023

It’s a beginner’s lesson, learning that not every voice you hear in prayer comes from God. And yet, with over sixty years of a life committed to seeking God’s will, I can still fall into that common error. So I’m forced to remind myself again and again, not every voice you hear in prayer comes […]

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Spring Has Sprung!

 May 13, 2023

Have you noticed a new spring in your step? I have. “For, behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] has come.” (Song of Solomon 2:11) Yes, here in Michigan spring has sprung! Fool’s Spring Sure, we had those […]

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