Pressed Roses

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33, ESV This world is not our friend. And then we often face issues that create ugly things–  a fight with a spouse, poor choices, money problems– a lengthy list […]

Dangerous Thinking

Anne Lamott is a writer and a person who understands mental illness and ‘recovery’ issues. She is also a ‘brokenbeliever’. I have read several of her books; she writes elegantly on faith and discipleship. She is a rare jewel. She writes carefully and creatively. Coming across this quote was fortuitous for me, to say the […]

The Apple Tree

“Like the finest apple tree in the orchard     is my lover among other young men. I sit in his delightful shade     and taste his delicious fruit.” Song of Solomon 2:3, NLT Jesus is the subject of many different metaphors. We know him as a shepherd, a door, and bread. There are many other ‘pictures’ in […]

The Power of a Soul’s Gaze

  “One thing I ask from the Lord,     this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord     all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord     and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4, (NIV) One thing: Not two or three. One. Something extraordinary. Not something noble or […]