God’s Daily Reboot

When a computer malfunctions, how often is the answer as simple as turning the computer off, and then turning it back on? In my experience, usually the computer starts right back up again, working just fine. Whatever went wrong before disappears. Our lives have a God-designed reboot button as well. It’s called night. As I…

On a November Saturday

This post records my memories from the time that God auditioned my wife and I to be parents of a disabled child - at least in hindsight, that's what it looks like. He knew all along what would happen, and how we would respond.

May I Have This Dance

Has the weight of just a thought ever taken your breath away? Happened to me just this morning. Maybe it's the fact that my daughter's wedding is now less than two months away, and she was in town this past weekend for her first bridal shower. Maybe it's this fact that this afternoon, my wife…

Courage

What does real courage look like to you? To me, right now, it looks like a sister-in-law who is going through cancer treatment for a second time in 10 years. It's knowing the suffering she's sure to face during the treatments, and choosing to go through them anyway, because the desired result is the best…

Real Power

"We're moving your daughter back to the ICU." What?!? Why? The call on my cell phone shattered our somewhat peaceful dinner at the Med Center's cafeteria with dear friends. We ran back to her hospital room as quickly as we could. We had watched her get sicker all day long, with no idea why. Extreme…

Centerpieces

What do you see in this picture? I'll tell you what I see. Centerpieces. Twenty-three of them, to be exact. To be sure, they're not ready yet to go on the tables at my daughter's wedding reception next March. But it's not something that 25 minutes and a chainsaw can't fix. If there's one thing…

Winning the Prize

Running a race. The phrase paints a lot of mental pictures, doesn't it? Men and women, all dressed in bright colors, running on the same track, in the same direction, at the same time. Someone wins, the rest lose. Then there are the marathon runners. Twenty-six-point-two miles of just you and the course. Running alone.…

Close Calls

Ordinarily, we want our children to obey authority, right? Well, there was one time when it almost didn't work out so well.... During a family trip to Washington DC one Spring Break many moons ago, we came to a stop on the Metro near the Smithsonian Museums, and our entire 8-person group started the processional of…

The Snake Stick

Man, I really miss my Grandma. Grandma was a woman of the Old World. Born in America, mind you, but not of the modern age. She was born in the hills of Appalachia in the early 1900s, to a family that we could trace back to the early 1700s in her small Pennsylvania town. Somehow,…

No Secret Passages

The world of secret passages conjures up for me visions of medieval castles, old Frankenstein movies, and trying to win Clue games against my wife (and losing...every...time...). By the way, I'm grateful to Mel Brooks for removing the scariness from Frankenstein movies, and providing an endless supply on one-liners in his classic 1970s movie Young…