Prayer: Our Greatest and Least Valued Weapon

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.—James 5:17

So many times I have found myself and my Christian friends saying, “All we can do is pray” when we feel powerless—when a loved one is dying, when a (more…)

Woman’s Best Friend

A friend loves at all times.—Proverbs 17:17

It was Labor Day weekend 2006, a month and a half after the death of our 12-year-old Springer spaniel Duncan, as we traveled from a friend’s wedding in Jacksonville, Fla., to a Wendy’s parking lot in South Carolina to meet our rescue puppy.

Called Floyd at the time, he had been rescued the night before he (more…)

Back from Alaska

I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over Me . . . —John 14:30

I recently returned from my fifth trip serving with GraceWorks Alaska, one of the most worthwhile ministries I know. So many have cheerfully asked, “How was Alaska?” I have struggled to find words.

A few days (more…)

Loving Like Cats and Dogs

Iron sharpens iron. So one man sharpens another.—Proverbs 27:17

You may hear an argument described as people “fighting like cats and dogs.” But dogs and cats apparently aren’t always enemies. Recently I was watching the cable TV show Secrets of the Zoo, which showed yellow labs being partnered with abandoned cheetah cubs. The results are adorable and potentially life-saving.

Cheetahs, it turns out, (more…)

Left Behind by Suicide

Weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15b

Over the past few weeks, several of my friends and loved ones have lost someone to suicide. Then yesterday I heard the news of designer Kate Spade‘s suicide. Every time I hear about someone losing a friend or loved one to suicide, my heart aches for them. That kind of loss brings a grief (more…)