The Privileged Life: An Appeal to Reason

“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” Acts 5:42 Ever have one of those profound moments when your Scripture reading for the day lines up with current events? This morning, on the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, my read-through-the-Bible schedule arrived at Acts 5—sometime after... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The Sounds of Silence

“But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” Habakkuk 2:20 When my sweet dad was a Scout leader, he was honored one year at summer camp by being “tapped out” to join the Order of the Arrow. This esteemed cadre of Scouters required its members to go through an “ordeal”—24 hours of complete silence, starting with sleeping... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: A Word for Year 2021

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 I just reviewed my post from the beginning of 2020, wondering what I said 52 blogs ago. My tone for the new decade was optimistic, enthusiastic, promising!* But here we are, one year later, looking back at 2020 in the rearview mirror…as if we’re leaving... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: A Prayer for 2021

“You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 Looking out our windows right now, I marvel at the crisp snow, groomed by hundreds of footprints and sledding tracks in our neighbors’ yards. We had an extraordinary blizzard, the most snow I’ve ever experienced in my life for Christmas Day…what a blessing... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Special Delivery—Hope

“‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us.’” (Matthew 1:23) Something utterly amazing will happen today. Among the gajillions of Christmas packages flying in and out of planes and trucks, an unprecedented collection of boxes will roll out across the nation—bringing the long-awaited... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Giving Thanks in a COVID Year

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 Last Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., we hadn’t heard of COVID.  It’s been a long, wearying year since then. For some families, it’s been devastating. Loss of loved ones. Loss of finances, freedom, friendships.  Our hospital is close to maxing out on COVID patient... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: November Sky

“He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.” Psalm 147:4 My grandfather used to say that skies are bluer in October and November than at any other time of year. There’s less humidity and fewer floating particles to separate us from the vastness of space.  The same holds true for nighttime views.... Continue Reading →

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