Browsed by
Tag: comfort

Thorns Infest the Earth?

Thorns Infest the Earth?

“for (God) has been mindful of the humble state of his servant…” Luke 1:48 One summer, as we sat listening to a campfire worship, my son tapped my arm and asked, “What’s that song we sing in church that goes, ‘Thorns infest the earth?” Peter was in third grade and, like most children his age was a master of random questions. It caught me completely off guard. So I asked follow-up questions to see if I could narrow the field of possibilities….

Read More Read More

A House Can Feel Lonely

A House Can Feel Lonely

“See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” 2 Sam. 7:2 Earlier this year, my sister-in-law sold her large house in a quiet family neighborhood and moved to an apartment in downtown Minneapolis. The first time I went to visit, she met me in the lobby. It was very bright, modern and hip. Moved by the contrast from her old place, I started to sing the theme song to…

Read More Read More

Golfing in a Storm

Golfing in a Storm

“Comfort, O Comfort my people says your God.” Isaiah 40:1 Shortly after graduating from seminary, my next door neighbor and I decided to go out golfing. It was our last opportunity to go together before we left seminary for good. Our wives were working, and we were watching the children. So we told them of our plans and arranged for babysitters. As we prepared to leave some threatening clouds appeared on the horizon. It looked like they moving out of…

Read More Read More

A Life Shared

A Life Shared

“I sought the Lord, who answered me and delivered me from all my terrors.” Psalm 34: 4 When I was a child, I had an imaginary friend named, Jay Coleman. Jay was a rancher who lived across the highway from our house. He had a barn with a corral full of horses. My memories of the imaginary landscape remain vivid. What I remember of Jay Coleman is less clear. Matter of fact, I only know him through the stories of…

Read More Read More

Wiping Away Tears

Wiping Away Tears

“Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,”  Is. 25:8b My daughter is not much of a crier. When she does cry, it’s often at the most random of times and in the strangest of places. She would look at us and say, “I have no idea why am I crying right now, but I can’t stop.” Then we would all laugh. Pain and suffering are not always reasons for people’s tears. My wife, also not much…

Read More Read More

Hold My Hand

Hold My Hand

“…you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.” Psalm 138: 7b Last night, I may have openly questioned the existence of God during youth group. Actually, there was not much ambiguity to my statement. I yelled very loudly, “There is no God!” It brought my pastoral qualifications into question. What horrible thing could lead a pastor to feel this way? The Cleveland Browns. I do not blame God for the Cleveland Browns. No divine being could orchestrate that…

Read More Read More

Brain Hacking and the Search for Peace

Brain Hacking and the Search for Peace

“(God) comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” 2 Cor. 1:4 from The Message translation Last night on 60 Minutes, Tristan Harris, a former Silicon Valley technology designer, was interviewed about cell phone use. Harris has been speaking out about an issue called brain hacking….

Read More Read More

Your Heart Will Rejoice

Your Heart Will Rejoice

“So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” John 16:22 The night my wife went into labor with our daughter, we spent the early evening canoeing on a lake. When we returned home, a person on staff nearly walked into a bear sitting outside the staff house. I went into the office to work, but my work was interrupted by a call from…

Read More Read More

Not Good to be Alone

Not Good to be Alone

“…God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone;”  Gen. 2:18 In the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, four lost souls accidentally become a community of friends. Each one is from a different planet, so they have a difficult time communicating. In one funny exchange, group member, Rocket, shares an observation about another member of the group, Drax. Rocket says of Drax, “His people are completely literal. Metaphors go over his head.” To which Drax responds, “Nothing…

Read More Read More

The Healing Power of Touch

The Healing Power of Touch

God will wipe every tear from their eyes.  (Rev. 21:4a) This past weekend we invited all the confirmation students to come forward and kneel at the altar. Then each minister, parent, relative, friend and mentor in attendance stood behind them, laid hands upon their head and blessed them. The words of the blessing were the words spoken over these children when they were infants being held during their baptism. Research has shown human touch is critical to our health. Completely…

Read More Read More