Providential Relationships

Last Sunday my throat was in the final throes of recovering from laryngitis, so I was in church, with a mask on, and not able to sing out loud (but, hey, I sang out loud in my head!) Because I was quiet, I clearly heard better the many reminders during the service of...

Growing Strong with Support

I’m fascinated by one of my potted succulents. It was growing strong, reaching up to the light. Then the growth spurt must have gotten a bit too much. At first it collapsed under its own success but, over the next day or so, two outside leaves drew in close to the...

Quietly coming through the back door

God came down the backstairs at Bethlehem lest he blind us by excess of light. Preacher, George Buttrick (1892–1980) Picture God tiptoeing down the stairs of heaven to quietly enter our world through the back door at Bethlehem. He did not go for maximum exposure by...