God’s not mad at you, even if you are mad at God.

“I do not understand.” That’s what I said to God before the graveside service for our five-week old daughter in 1989. I wasn’t mad, exactly, but I did not understand, and I wanted to be honest with God about it. I have talked to people who are angry. Sometimes they express that anger toward people. […]

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Remember the best time, not the last time.

I was talking to somebody recently who had lost a loved one. In the course of our conversation, they were talking about their last conversation with the person who had died.  It wasn’t necessarily a bad one but it wasn’t a magnificent one, either.  She said “If I had known it was our last time […]

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Reflecting on where God wants us.

Elijah had been threatened with death and was feeling abandoned by God. He spent five weeks of silent retreat in the wilderness, going to the mountain. He laid out his complaint: “I’ve done what I was called by you to do. I’m the only one left following you. Everyone has abandoned your way of life. […]

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A short reflection on Job.

I was needing to read the speech of Elihu the other day. It’s in the last part of the book of Job. I started a couple pages early and read Job’s speech. He’s aware of helping those in need. He describes practicing hospitality in powerful and thoughtful ways. I hadn’t looked closely at it, but […]

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