Volume 15.03 | March 2014

  • Finding Meaning

    One of the central questions that philosophers and theologians have struggled with for millennia is the mystery of what gives life meaning. Everyone wants to be happy and fulfilled, but how can we tell what true happiness is and where it comes from? The ancient Greeks believed that the source of happiness was internal and […]

  • Valerie Therapy

    It was a perfect spring day. A gentle wind, warm and coaxing, announced the arrival of the season. Everyone around me was in a good mood. But it’s often on days like these, when we least see it coming, that God tends to surprise us with a little learning. That morning, I received an unexpected […]

  • Present Seeds, Future Blossoms

    Walking through a botanical garden in Kolkata, India, I was enthralled by the vibrant and vivid colors of the flowers. For a few hours, I felt like I’d been transported away from the hustle of the city and into a world of beauty. On my way out, I popped into the office to compliment the […]

  • The Green Wristband

    My first visit to the Exit rock festival—held annually in the shadow of a beautiful castle in Novi Sad, a pretty Serbian town on the Danube River—was unforgettable. There were stages everywhere and the streets were filled with crowds, huge tent villages resounding with all styles of music, aromas of chevapi, the local meat dish, […]

  • Who’s It For?

    There have been times when I’ve felt I was playing a game of pretending to be a good person, for instance when I was volunteering for relief work after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Part of me sincerely wanted to help and make a difference, but I also knew it was what […]

  • Whether or Not an Angel

    Hebrews 13:21 says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” I’ve known this verse since I was a child, and I remember imagining that people I interacted with were angels in disguise, which made me try to be courteous and […]

  • Candle on a Candlestick

    Manifesting God’s love to those whom He places in our path each day is at the heart of Christian life. Writing about this, the apostle Paul went so far as to say, “the love of Christ compels us”1 to do so. In whatever specific ways God leads each of us to reach our part of […]

  • Remembering Martha

    My neighbor Martha passed away this week after a long battle with emphysema. I will miss Martha and have found myself thinking about her a lot these past few days. When my husband Dan and I moved into the neighborhood, Martha invited us over for tea and cookies. We sat in her immaculate living room […]

  • The Value of Healthy Living

    Staying healthy doesn’t happen automatically. It takes effort, and also usually involves some sacrifice, some reordering of priorities and forgoing certain things that would be enjoyable but not good for us. Long-term health is a lifelong investment, but it’s a wise one. Better to invest a little each day in strengthening our bodies than to […]

  • When Nobody Noticed

    It was a dull and rainy day as I sat at the window of a small brick row house in Leicester, England, watching the rain form small rivers on the window pane. A friend was letting me stay at his house while he was away and I helped care for a terminally ill loved one. […]

  • A worthwhile life

    We are unlikely to have Abraham’s calling to become the father of nations.1 Not many of us have the strength of Samson to bring the perpetrators of evil to justice.2 It is rare to be given the responsibility, like Esther, of safeguarding the people of our nation.3 And most of us don’t have the fearlessness […]

  • Make time for people

    It’s easy to be a good person but still be wrapped up in your own little world. After all, you already have more work and other responsibilities than you feel you can keep up with. It’s no surprise that there’s so little time for reaching out to others. When I was on earth, I was […]