The Privileged Life: Go Fish

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’ ” (Mark 1:17) Do you enjoy fishing? I’ve discovered people either love to fish or could care less about it. I’m on the former side, my husband on the latter.  However, my beloved Mark surprised me this summer with a... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Making Tracks, with Jesus

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him....” (Colossians 2:6)          I looked at the treads on my sneakers yesterday…worn down to the next layer. They’re not that old, but after walking about four miles a day in them, my shoes are shot.          As Indiana Jones so famously quipped in Raiders of the Lost Ark, “It’s... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Lessons from Another Pandemic

“To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7) You’ve heard about pandemics of the past—bubonic plague, polio, smallpox, Spanish flu, and of course, now COVID. But did you know about another kind of plague, the one that killed more than four billion?  I’m referring to... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The Call to Compassion

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another...” (1 Peter 3:8a) Do you consider yourself to be compassionate? When I want to describe truly compassionate people, I think of pastors, nurses, missionaries, counselors, food pantry volunteers, and others who are “in the trenches” with people who are suffering and need help. I think of... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The Redemption of Brokenness

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18 Who doesn’t love stained glass windows?  They captivate us, tell us ancient stories, and lift our eyes to worship the God of Light. From lofty, ancient cathedrals to tiny jewel-like chapels around the world, these frozen kaleidoscopes of stained... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: When Thunderstorms Brew…

“The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; the lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook.” Psalm 77:18 I love thunderstorms...especially after dark, when lightning illuminates our mountains and thunder echoes hollowly in the treetops. Just beautiful. Of course, I prefer to be indoors while enjoying them. But I’ve been outside before and very... Continue Reading →

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