Help in troubled times

One of the challenging aspects of Christian life is the fact that becoming a follower of Jesus does not make us immune to life’s trials and tribulations. We know that God …  »

The bike ride

When I met Jesus, life became like a bike ride. It was a tandem bike; I rode in the front and steered, and Jesus was in the rear seat, helping to pedal. I don't remember …  »

Enduring hardship

As Christians, we aren’t exempted from the difficulties of this life, even if some think we should be. If we have the expectation that our faith should shield us from pro …  »

Rebuilding a life

My first encounter with Nadia was seven years ago, when a friend brought her to our home at 10 o’clock one night. Her skin was sallow; her eyes sunken and empty; her hair …  »

The lone goose

The lake next to my home is a quiet, contemplative setting that’s perfect for a pensive moment. One day when I’d been going through a particularly difficult time, I sat r …  »

A deeper purpose

When I was growing up, I was a loner with acute social anxiety and never had a close friend. I wanted there to be someone with whom I would feel comfortable enough to sha …  »

Silence

I have been rubbing shoulders with death lately. My father-in-law passed away a month shy of his 99th birthday. My wife and I had been staying with him and my brother-in- …  »

Liz

Liz was mom’s best friend. I knew her from the tennis club where I worked after school and on weekends. She used to take time to chat as peers, which earned her high mark …  »

What comes next

To die is landing on some silent shore Where billows never break, nor tempests roar; Ere well we feel the friendly stroke, ’tis o’er. —Sir Samuel Garth (1661–1719) It is …  »

Being there

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.—2 Corinthians 1: …  »

A special place

When I was on earth, I told My disciples that I was going to prepare a place for us to be together forever.[See John 14:2–3] This place is for all of you who have invited …  »