Posts from December 2020

Posts from December 2020

Weary Watchers

Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? (Mark 14:37) Those who have pulled guard duty know the body can get weary, and the night can get long. Mothers who have sat in the darkness by the bedside of their sick child know this, too. So did the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane on that dark night. When watchers get weary,…

You Better Not Pout

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God (Psalm 42:11). She grabbed the gift with a quick “Thank you!” Tore off the wrapping paper. Stopped. Stared. Then, she began to pout. She didn’t know exactly what to expect as a grade school exchange gift. But surely, it would be something more exciting than the book “The Birds of America.” That’s…

We are Grass

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass (Isaiah 40:7).” There was a popular book a number of years ago that carried the title, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” In a summary of the book, the first point made was: “Begin with praise and honest appreciation.” With due deference to the Almighty, God must not have read that book. When humans check to see what…