Volume 14.02 | February 2013

  • Love-God-Love-Those-He-Loves

    Love God, Love Those He Loves

    The expression “Love me, love my dog” came to life when my wife and I got a puppy—a first for me. We adore Sophie and she adores us. Actually, she adores everyone. She is not only one of those hyperactive toy breeds, but also one that is famously sociable. She starts wagging her tail as […]

  • Being-Social

    Being Social

    “Who are you here to see?” the petite dark-haired nurse asked as I sipped tea in the waiting area and scrawled in my journal. “My nephew,” I answered with a smile. “He’s asleep, though, so I’ll wait.” “Oh, he really needs visitors. He’s still a child,” she said in her motherly way. Although my nearly […]

  • Samuel and Audrey at her 1st birthday party

    My Princess

    For my daughter Audrey’s first birthday, my wife and I planned to have a small celebration with a few friends and family members at home; instead we ended up with a cupcake-themed extravaganza at the restaurant her grandparents manage. Admittedly, it was probably more for everyone else’s benefit. Audrey spent much of the time observing […]

  • Lovingkindness

    Lovingkindness

    When I first began reading the Bible, a word that captured my attention was “lovingkindness.” I felt very warm inside when I read passages like “I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy,”1 or “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you,”2 […]

  • 36-Seconds

    36 Seconds

    My husband Daniel and I live with our four children on the 13th floor of an apartment building in Taichung City, Taiwan. Needless to say, the elevator is a part of our daily lives. It had been just another normal, busy day, with most of my time and energy spent keeping the kids happy, fed, […]

  • In-Sickness-and-In-Health

    In Sickness And In Health

    I recently watched the movie Love and Other Drugs, a romantic comedy based on Jamie Reidy’s memoir, Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman. While I thought the film was a mixed bag, it did have a down-to-earth kind of love story that wasn’t your typical movie romance or a common Hollywood storyline: young […]

  • Love-The-All-Encompassing-Fruit

    Love: The All-Encompassing Fruit

    “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”1 How important is love? When Jesus was asked which commandment was the most important, He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. […]

  • The-Renewal-Exam

    The Renewal Exam

    A series of traumatic losses had left me angry at God. Alone, without any means of support, and with no hope in sight, I had tried to end my life. I regained consciousness in a hospital, where I spent the next few days recovering. It was Valentine’s Day, the first without my husband, and as […]

  • Third-Time-the-Charm

    Third Time’s The Charm

    I’m on my third marriage—a fact that I don’t normally mention in the presence of newly married couples. I’m grateful for my first two marriages because they resulted in several beautiful children, my most precious treasures, but for me the third time has been charmed. When my second marriage ended, I thought that was it, […]

  • Let-Me-Count-the-Ways

    Let Me Count The Ways

    In one of her most famous poems, Elizabeth Barrett Browning penned a beautiful declaration of love that started like this: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach. These words are a gentle echo of another expression of love. […]

  • No-Strings

    No Strings

    I don’t love you for what you are or what you aren’t. I don’t love you for who you are. I don’t love you for how much you do or how well you do it. I don’t love you for how little you sin and mess up, or for how much you do the right […]