“Do you believe that God is with you, right now while the lightning crashes overhead and the creek rises below?” The two college students I addressed had been leading all through the long hard day, and they glanced around them, their eyes wildly looking for some sense of safety and security. We had evacuated an […]
Treasures of Darkness
These are extraordinary times. You are probably reading this from the quarantine of your own home amidst the worldwide Covid 19 Pandemic. It’s possible you are worried, scared, bored, angry at authorities, or “Covidiots”, or frustrated with your spouse or kids. The opportunities for darkness to creep in around us are rampant. But let’s let […]
The Power of Lament
How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long must I bear this pain in my soul, and live with sorrow all the day? How long will fear rule my life? Notice my heart and answer me, O my God; enlighten me, lest I […]
Who Does God Want to Be for You?
Editor’s Note: This week I’ve asked the TLI bloggers to share what God is saying to them in this unprecedented time. This month’s blog posts will be a series of personal insights meant to encourage and strengthen our relationship with God and with others. If you have not contributed to the blog in the past, […]
What Will You See Today?
?I never saw today!? my son, then 4-years-old, exclaimed as he peered out the van window. There were some dark grey storm clouds ahead of us. Behind them was blue sky, with splashes of pink and gold. It was the beginning of sunset, and, evidently, my son had never seen the sky exactly like that […]
Practicing God?s Presence at Work
I?ve often shared insights from Baron Friedrich von H?gel, a spiritual director from last century. I’ve so appreciated his writings. (Eugene Peterson calls him one of his key literary spiritual directors, so I feel in very good company). In the collection of spiritual letters to his niece, von H?gel answers her complaint about being overwhelmed […]
One writer whose novels have often stirred?me is George MacDonald. Listen to this little dialogue between two people about holy loneliness or solitude: “What I want to ask you,” said Ian, “is, did you ever feel alone? Did loneliness ever press itself so upon you that you felt that if you called nobody would hear? […]