Do you love espresso? I sure do. What would you expect? I’ve lived in Italy over 30 years! But how would you like an espresso faith? Not in the sense that it would be fast and easy, because a life of real faith is never a life with no problems.Continue reading “A Faith Strong Like Espresso”
The isolation of social distancing can be hard and lonely, but it can also become a hidden blessing…
Italy’s streets and piazzas are usually full of people, even in the evenings. But with the lockdown all that has changed. A ghostly calm and quiet has settled on the strangely unpeopled streets and towns.Continue reading “Life Under Lockdown: Challenges and Blessings of Isolation”
The right remedy for many of our problems and short-comings may not always be easy or what we want, but it’s always the best!
Tomorrow is the big day. I go in for cataract surgery, which I’m not especially looking forward to. Regaining sight in that eye, sure I look forward to that. But the rest? I’m not especially keen on shots and incisions in my eyeball!Continue reading “The Right Remedy”
With healthy eyes we see well. Or at least we think we do…
It snuck up quietly, a little at a time. That’s the way some things happen. And we’re unaware until it’s too late (or almost). Like with my eyesight. I was convinced I could see. But truth is, I was going blind.Continue reading “Eyes That Don’t See: A Spiritual Vision Checkup”
To truly walk to God’s heartbeat takes going against the current, and at times, even at great personal cost…
I want to walk to God’s heartbeat. Don’t you? Then why do we so often take the easy way out? Our early church fathers, the early missionaries, and even Christ himself purposely chose the hard way, the way of self-denial. They chose to follow God’s way – regardless of the cost and even when it made things harder. But we often fall into the tendency of pleasing ourselves. Or doing just enough to get by, don’t we?Continue reading “Walking to God’s Heartbeat”
Lessons we can learn from nature, and insects especially, on how to become more consistent..
Our church had a blessing tree for Christmas 2017, which blessed my life in a special way. We each received an ornament for the church tree on which we were to write our greatest blessing of the year. Mine was gentleness. God had dealt with me about that all through the year as he helped me become more gentle. People even started noticing!Continue reading “The Importance of Consistency”
Because the story does not end with Christmas. It is only the beginning!
We mostly ditched Christmas a few years ago. Not out of Scroogish tendencies, but because of the increasing materialism. Each year it became harder for us to find true meaning and spirituality among all the commercial trappings. So for several years we did little during the holidays.Continue reading “Advent: the Missing Piece of Christmas”