When does fear show up for you? Does it appear when you are faced with a daunting challenge? When you feel your safety is compromised? When you are left alone to deal with your problems? When you are shaken up by a bad dream?
There are plenty of plot twists in life and this verse addresses a particularly painful one—the presence of enemies! The Bible does not flinch about the possibility that we can make enemies who are grimly determined to threaten us—make our lives miserable—and even want to end us! But, wonder of wonders, even in this dark circumstance, our Good Shepherd is preparing an even brighter hope.
Affection is all warm and melty until something ruptures the relationship. What happens when the bonds of affection are broken?
Have you noticed that no matter how your world is turned upside down or how much disappointment is heaped upon you, there is really nowhere else to look but up? Have you noticed that after navigating a particularly difficult season in life you eventually come around to an attitude of gratitude once again?
Steve Jobs truly was a golden boy - the greatest business executive of our era. He built a company that thrived because his products were completely innovative in nature, successfully combining artistry and technology.
During our last Phoenix Seminary spring break, Darryl and I enjoyed some time in Watsonville, California. Watsonville is a gardener's paradise. One of our favorite places is a plant nursery which we visit as often as we can. While there, we discovered a photo collage in the gift shop capturing the same scene in a local apple orchard over the course of all four seasons. At the top of the collage someone had added the term - appleology!
Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit, has written a new book entitled Unbroken in which she tells an astonishing tale of survival, resilience, and redemption. During World War II, Louis Zamperini joined the Army Air Corps as a bombardier. After his B-24 Liberator crashed into the ocean, he survived 47 days on a raft at sea before his dehumanizing capture and torture by the Japanese.
When priorities converge and conflict results, "splitting" occurs. I am speaking here of intense emotional pain - a deep piercing - caused by being divided within myself over what my priorities should be in a particular situation.
I remember my mother using the phrase, The Wreck of the Hesperus, to describe "a really big mess." She would say: "This house/room looks like the wreck of the Hesperus!"
On my last birthday I turned 61 years old and someone sent me a card saying I am not aging but saging... I don't know if saging is even a word but I like it and I've been turning the idea over in my mind. I certainly enjoy the positive spin.