What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.—James 4:14 ESV
I was 14 when I first experienced the death of someone in my circle. It was a 16-year-old tuba player in our high school band—a boy who had delivered our newspapers and on whom I had a serious crush. Just a few (more…)
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. – Isaiah 43:8
God is in the business of making all things new. He gives us new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4). He makes His mercies new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). He fills each day with new hope and new possibilities.
And He has given us this new year.
Yes, it (more…)
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15
In the past week, we’ve learned of several families who have experienced sudden loss. No one welcomes grief in any season, but it’s especially unwelcome in the holiday season. And it’s not just the very recent losses that sting; it’s the losses of those who have long been (more…)
We put so much thought into Christmas presents, and they are such a source of stress. Will the recipient be happy? Should I include a gift receipt? Did I spend enough? Did I spend too much? Will our gifts even be remembered in years to come?
Some of our gifts may get packed away or even regifted. But still we give, because (more…)
The light of Christmas shines dimly for many around the world. It is a time of want. It is a time of persecution. It is a time of grief. It is a time of loneliness. Comfort seems so distant. Words seem so empty – except these:
Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. (Psalm (more…)