Simplifying Grace

It’s something we can’t earn. It’s available to everyone of us. Regardless of what we’ve done, it’s simply offered.  It’s grace from God. One of the simplest, yet most complex understandings of how God interacts with us, is the concept of grace. Grace is simply the love God has for us that we can’t earn…

Places Away

Sitting along a mountain-fed creek, I was listening to the rushing water, the sound of birds, and thought, what a place of peace. Later, I overheard a couple talking about hiking in a nature area and how special it was for them. There are other spots where I’ve felt are places away, a special place…

Getting Direction

From the time we are born and, I’m beginning to learn, for many years after we get direction in our life. As a baby, we get carried around and put places where a big person decides we need to be. As we grow, we have big people telling us what to do, where to go,…

Scuba Lessons

Years ago I certified as a scuba diver.  I don’t dive as often as I wish. There aren’t a lot of oceans where I live (in South Dakota) and it costs money to get to places where there are oceans. The final stage of becoming a certified diver is an open water dive, which I…

Wishing Well

We played co-ed volleyball with three other couples and all our children are boys. So naturally our team was named Boys-R-Us. While our families have transitioned and we don’t all live in the same community, we’ve maintained our friendship. It started very innocently. A friend put a metal wishing well on a rummage sale. As…

Reset Values

It’s Eclipse Week and it has been described as a “once in a lifetime” experience for some, especially here in the United States. Certainly, it is an event that comes along rarely and is a day that is marked as a day to remember. I was holding down a button in my car and it…

Rounding the Corner

I was in Nashville for meetings and found a walking trail that surrounded a golf course. A very nice, wide trail that also goes through the woods and crosses a meandering creek. It is a neat path with many bikers, runners, and walkers. The first day I started walking and got to a point where…