Ex Nihilo

ex ni·hi·lo /ˈeks ˈnē(h)əlō,ˈnī(h)əlō/ adverb: out of nothing (Latin) This Advent season I’ve been especially struck by the fact that Jesus, our Messiah, basically came to us out of nothing--ex nihilo.  He was born from the womb of a virgin.  Impossible!   There was emptiness there.  Only an egg—no sperm.  That's NOT how babies are made. …

When My Heart Is Distressed

"Don't worry or surrender to fear. Don't let your hearts be distressed."John 14:1 in The Passion Translation Easy for you to say, Jesus. You're God. You're above all of this. You don't know what it's like. Oh, wait. You do know. You're human, too. You've been here. You've lived through all of this. Your heart…

Undistracted

"Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important? Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won't take this privilege from her."Luke 10:41-42 in The Passion Translation Just call…

A Feast in the Desert

"Can God spread a table in the wilderness?"Psalm 78:19 You know, when the children of Israel asked this question they were actually speaking against God—these were words of rebellion.  But you have to admit it’s a realistic question.  How could He prepare a feast in the middle of the Sinai desert?  I mean, God didn’t…

G4 Prayers

I tend to bristle whenever anyone wants to give me "Three Easy Steps" to accomplish my goals, or some other formulaic way to approach life. I've lived long enough to know that this world is much too complex to boil things down to some simplistic recipe. At the same time, I'm the kind of person…

Why?

Isn't this the One who opens blind eyes? Why didn't he do something to keep Lazarus alive?"John 11:37, The Passion Translation Those nasty "Why?" questions. I'd stopped asking them. I figured it was an expression of trust in God if I didn't even go there. Better just to accept what has happened and avoid the…

Signs in Our Presence

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples. . .” John 20:30a Isn’t it marvelous that Jesus did so many wonders before the very eyes of His disciples?  He was right there with them and showed them that He really is the Messiah, the Son of God.  Do you ever find…

A Strange Combination

We've been on the road for more than three months now. Thankfully there have been some long pauses along the way--extended time with family members in Texas, New York, and Indiana. But still I find myself longing to rest, aching for a place to stop, yearning for a break from perpetual movement. Our stability in…