The Swamp of Despondency, [Pilgrim’s Progress]

  “Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!    Tell others he has redeemed you from your       enemies.   For he has gathered the exiles from many lands,       from east and west,       from north and south.  Some wandered in the wilderness,       lost and homeless.  Hungry and thirsty,       they nearly died.  “Lord, help!”Continue reading “The Swamp of Despondency, [Pilgrim’s Progress]”

“Darkness is My Only Companion”

“Lord Jesus Christ, you are for me medicine when I am sick; you are my strength when I need help; you are life itself when I fear death; you are the way when I long for heaven; you are light when all is dark; you are my food when I need nourishment.” —Ambrose of Milan (340-397) Our theology makes allContinue reading ““Darkness is My Only Companion””

Notice Leah’s Eyes, [Handicaps]

Stuck in the wonderful convolutions of scripture we can start a great study of Leah and her sister Rachel. These two daughters of Laban have become Jacob’s wives. Now, we may question this polygamy when all we know is monogamy. These kind of decisions may be criticized and even outright challenged, but we will changeContinue reading “Notice Leah’s Eyes, [Handicaps]”

An Attack of Panic

A panic attack affects one out of 75 people, and can be quite disconcerting.  My panic attacks occur roughly once a month and last for about 1/2 hour.  When the acute symptoms first appear my first reaction is to resist giving in to it.  I get the “shakes” and start trembling.  For a long time,Continue reading “An Attack of Panic”