<strong>The Power of Hope</strong>

Many years ago an S-4 submarine was rammed by another ship and quickly sank.  The entire crew was trapped inside.  Other ships rushed to the scene of disaster off the coast of Massachusetts.  No one knows exactly what took place down in that sunken submarine but we can be sure that those young men clung […]

Hopeful People

On this past Sunday we began to light the Advent Candles.  Our first was the Candle of Hope.  As the reading and prayer took place my mind wandered onto the theme of hope.  Hope is an often evasive concept.  Is there more hope or more hopelessness resonating in the hearts of most people?  I believe […]

Does God Change?  Exploring His Immutability

My favorite diner just around the corner recently closed.  For years it thrived in our community.  It had in large measure the same staff, same menu, and I even noticed many of the same customers.  Then the diner, for reasons I don’t know, shut down.  I miss its convenient, dependable atmosphere and tasty food.  This […]

Giving Meaning in Life

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Ephesians 5:15-17 I have been reading the book of Ecclesiastes this week. Again and again the book references either the value of time or the perceived vanity of time. Time is important to us. When I was in grade school- back when we had to walk to school in the snow, uphill both […]

A Slow Walk Toward Growth

When I was young and far more athletic than I can even dream to be now—I was a runner.  I was light and fast and my agility shined in sports, specifically basketball, football and track and field.  Beyond my days of competitive sports I continued to run several times a week.  I run no more—a […]

The Moment of Truth

Over the past two weeks I have read the obituaries of two former classmates from High School.  My mom told me recently how difficult it is when you start seeing people you have known for years, but fallen out of touch with, showing up in the Obits.  I spoke on the theme of friendship this […]

Graced to Life

Graced to Life! /   Ephesians 2:1-10 I am writing these words from my hotel room in Jamaica on a summer vacation.  After doing nearly two years of “staycations,” I finally decided it was time to spread my wings and board some flight away from the home this year.  Travel broadens and deepens me and leaves […]