The Privileged Life: The Return of Cedar Waxwings

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26 Like the swallows of Capistrano, they finally came back—a faithful flock of beautiful cedar waxwings. They were a bit late this year, but we’ve had lingering cold this spring that may have... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Hospitality in a Viral World

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” Romans 12:10-13 The summer before sixth grade, I spent a week or two with my grandmother Kathleen... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: America 1943 and 2020

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18a We’ve seen a lot of comparison between the coronavirus outbreak and the dreadful Spanish... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The Blessing of Small Tasks

“Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth)….See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time….” Ephesians 5:8b-9,15-16a When I started this blog a year ago, my objective was to draw attention to gifts from God we often take for granted—to cultivate gratitude for... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The Healing Power of Words

“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24 Lots of new words are floating around right now: coronavirus, pandemic, social distancing, PPEs (personal protective equipment), N95 masks, lockdown, etc. They’re peppering our thoughts, the media, and personal conversation. Seems we can’t talk about anything else! We’re all under significant stress... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: 14 Ways to Conquer Cabin Fever

An old Appalachian cabin that belonged to my great-great-great grandparents.... “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14             The telltale signs of coronavirus: dry cough, fatigue, high fever, cabin fever….              In the midst of anxiety over coronavirus and consequences of the shutdown, we’re also dealing... Continue Reading →

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