Not Just a Holiday

A uniquely American holiday, this "Thanksgiving." In 2019 America, the last Thursday in November in the United States is set aside for food, family, and these days, football. But more than 400 years ago, stories of the "first Thanksgivings" in North America tell very different tales. The remaining Mayflower settlers celebrated surviving a harrowing year…

Waiting for the Light

That's exactly what it felt like.  Waiting for the light to break through. So many strange words. Trisomy 21. "Chromosomal abnormalities." Down syndrome. For the first two days of March 1990, our world felt very dark. Our first child had just been born with a life-altering, if not life-threatening, disability. In those weary 36 hours, long…

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,…

Prepare Your Field (Because God’s Preparing His)

One of my favorite characters from the Sherwood Pictures film Facing the Giants is Mr. Bridges (played by Ray Wood), the gentleman who walks the halls praying for the students in the high school as he passes by their lockers.  In case you aren't familiar with the movie, Coach Grant Taylor (played by Alex Kendrick) coaches a football team for…