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Getting Through

Psalm 29:10-11 tells us that “he Lord sitteth upon the flood” and that same Lord “will give strength to his people”. I had a student several years ago, who at graduation, after observing all the summa cum laude and magna cum laude graduates said she was an “Oh hep me lawdie” graduate. That’s the degree I have too.

No Post to Omega

Enough of this term post-Christian. Nothing follows Christ because he is the end as the beginning. He can go out of a nation, as we are now witnessing, but he cannot go out of the world so long as the world endures. If we are paying attention, we cannot doubt the triumph of the Kingdom – not because of our own efforts to haul God down to us, but because the sovereign Lord, in his own time and at his own initiative, has condescended to come to us. Ask the mountains whether God quits.    

Thankless Soil and Stickers

Reared in Kansas, I have always been awed by those who stuck out the Dust Bowl – many of whom went six years or more without a crop, watching the basis of their livelihood blow away and choking on dirt. But they kept sowing their seed and hoping for better days. That is all we can do mindful that the harvest remains out of our hands. Jonah had the greatest results but was the least of the prophets. Elijah had the least but God honored him the greatest. Keep on. Thy task may well seem over-hard Who scatterest in a thankless soil Thy Life as seed, with no reward Save that which Duty gives to Toil…. Yet do thy work;…

Adherendo Deo

Wetlands are a riot of life. Our lot in Indiana bordered on a bog behind. My kids once tried sleeping outside in the Spring, but dragged themselves in by 1 AM complaining “it’s too noisy to sleep out there!” thanks to a chorus of peepers. The lowly marsh grass, by holding on, provided the stability that supported everything else – peepers, crawdads, snakes, raccoons, muskrats, opossums, deer, red-winged blackbirds, owls, marsh marigolds, swamp irises, and a host of other creatures. Without the tenacity of the marsh grass, that bog would’ve been a big, slimy, stinking, toxic mess. One year, I decided to make an improvement and plant some bald cypress trees in the bog. I took my heavy-duty garden fork,…

Black Shelled Manna

“Tough nut to crack” has long been a synonym for a difficult problem. The toughest nut, the standard by which nutcrackers are judged, is the black walnut. I have yet to meet the nutcracker that renders its contents easily accessible. Primitive tools are often the best – car tires, a one pound hammer, and a brick. Many years ago, when we lived in Indiana, our property was loaded with black walnuts. I yearned for softer nuts to crack, like the paper shell pecans I remembered from Texas. One year I searched the nursery catalogs for a way to grow pecans in Indiana. I learned that it would be risky and would take 7 to 8 years to see the first…