09 October 2015


“Think of the self that God has given as an acorn. It is a marvelous little thing, a perfect shape, perfectly designed for its purpose, perfectly functional. Think of the grand glory of an oak tree. God’s intention when He made the acorn was the oak tree. His intention for us is ‘… the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.’ Many deaths must go into our reaching that measure, many letting-goes. When you look at the oak tree, you don’t feel that the loss’ of the acorn is a very great loss. The more you perceive God’s purpose in your life, the less terrible the losses seem.” 
― Elisabeth Elliot


emergency rations.

07 October 2015


The best of evenings- blue skies, wisp clouds, good friends, sweet community, friendly competition, celebrating a terrific young man's birthday.
And chocolate. Lots of chocolate.
Thanks Ben!

06 October 2015


Thy train of cars behind, obedient, merrily following,
Through gale or calm, now swift, now slack, yet steadily careering;
Type of the modern—emblem of motion and power—pulse of the continent...

- from "To a Locomotive in Winter," in Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1881)

04 October 2015


It is good to give thanks to the Lord, 
to sing praises to  your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning, 
and your faithfulness by night...
- Psalm 92:1-2 (ESV)

That steadfast word- His checed- His lovingkindness and benevolence and mercy towards us...
in His presence, I am awed.

03 October 2015


"Jesus, please help us understand how our suffering can be understood as participating in your sufferings. Your death on the cross was a once-and-for-all suffering—perfectly securing the salvation of your people. However, you’re not a distant, disconnected, dispassionate Savior. You are presently making all things new, and this involves showing up in the messes and madness of life.
Where there is injustice, disease, brokenness, and suffering, you are right there. How do we join you there, joyfully  and enter into the costly and redemptive fellowship of the suffering? (Phil. 3:10) Grant us grace for this calling, Lord."


today I cleaned my room.
and that sounds like not-such-a-big-deal.
except I'm thinking that now I might not ever leave...

01 October 2015


and another season begins.


"Go, dogs. Go!" The light is green now.
- Go, Dog. Go! by Dr. Seuss

Silly dog, taking the girls to school.

30 September 2015


But slow me down, Father. Slow me down in the coming days to savor nature’s declaration of your glory. I’ve been way too busy of late, and I don’t want to look up only to see all of the leaves on the ground. Help me to live at the pace of grace. Tune my ears and open my eyes, to experience what you want to show me about yourself through the things you have made.
The pouring forth of creation-speak is endless, wondrous, and sumptuous—a visual, auditory, aromatic smorgasbord of delights. How can anyone with any degree of sensual awareness ponder creation and not worship you, the Creator of all things?
We gathered in the street, and then on the side of the road, and finally in the driveway, searching for that perfect spot; gazing, gaping, watching in wonder the show in motion above us, high in the heavens. My camera failed me, or maybe more correctly, I failed my camera- nothing from the lens could begin to adequately capture the work of His hands in motion in the darkness overhead. I surrendered, tucked my usually trusty Nikon away, and again was reminded, "Be still and know that I am God."


... and the company to share them with, even sweeter.


The calendar says "first day of fall," but the outside temperature demands, "lick and turn, lick and turn."


“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it."

― Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art