Renewal

Renewal

For many of us, July brings a long-awaited renewal in the form of a summer vacation. This year, my family made our annual pilgrimage from Georgia to New Hampshire for the Fairwood Family Convention.   Our annual foray into the Northland is a welcome retreat from our...
Pain With a Purpose

Pain With a Purpose

Naturally speaking, this has not been a week I’d like to prolong. In fact, I’m ready for this week to come to a speedy end. However, I came across a scripture passage this morning which, in conjunction with a sermon I heard recently where the pastor pointed out how...
Gratitude for the Little Things

Gratitude for the Little Things

I don’t remember when we started the tradition, but when our children were quite young, it was our practice when we gathered each Sabbath evening to each say something we were thankful for that week.  It is surprising, or maybe not so surprising, how difficult it...
God is in Control

God is in Control

My wife and I are fortunate enough to own an audio copy of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven books about the fictional country of Narnia. We have been listening to it together some evenings. As of this writing, we have completed six of the seven...

Character Development

It happens, whether in literature or in life Sometimes reading is a slog. This may seem like an odd statement from someone who majored in English and talks often of books, but I find it true. I admit that I have given up on pages and entire chapters, and then, since I...