A Special Day

Just the other day I saw workers putting up a big white tent in the parking lot at the Kmart. Boxes of fireworks were being carried into the tent. As we approach the Fourth of July, I can already hear firecrackers in our neighborhood in the early evening. Many towns will have parades. Lots of families will have big reunions and picnics and barbecues. Historic battles will be recreated. Flags will fly. Fireworks displays will light the sky. We are getting ready to celebrate the birth of our nation and all that it stands for - - the proud history of a nation governed "of the people, by the people and for the people." It is a special day set apart for celebration, and we will celebrate it wit

Life Verses

When my sister Martha had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer, she found that one specific verse in the Bible both reassured her that she would be strong enough to endure it, and reminded her that she would not go through it alone. It isn't surprising that the verse is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." When our home was destroyed in a fire 23 years ago, I turned to Jeremiah 29:11 again and again, to remind myself that God desires good for me and for all of God's children. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I clung to that hope when life seemed dar

New Creations

"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!" -2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV) Heather and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. She and Evey chose to celebrate the occasion with a trip to the Portland, OR area to visit dear friends, while Owen and I chose the less exciting option - work. I am, of course, just kidding about the motivation for the girls' trip, but over the course of our life together Heather and I rarely spend much time apart. We choose to spend so much time together because we love being around one another. There is a sense of wholeness when we're together. I know this sounds corny in a Jerry Mag

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