Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son

“And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there […]

Like Well-Watered Gardens: Isaiah 58

  “Feed the hungry,     and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness,     and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. 11 The Lord will guide you continually,     giving you water when you are dry     and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden,     like an […]

The Art of Begging

Jesus looked at his followers and said,     “You people who are poor are blessed,       because the kingdom of God belongs to you”. Luke 6:20, NCV It is an astonishing thing, to have Jesus look at you. His steady, focused gaze is transformational, He sees me, and in this huge mass of […]

When Stigma Gets Brutal, [Mental Illness]

“Dad, they’re killing me!” cried Kelly Thomas as he was beaten in the back of the skull until he was in a coma. “Daaad! Daaad!! Help me please!” were among his last words. “What this means is that all of us need to be very afraid now,” said his father, Ron Thomas. “Its carte blanche […]