I Taught my Son to Worship a Dog – Psalm 25:4-5

Our new puppy Max was no god. The shepherd mix was my 5-year-old's favorite playmate when his brothers weren't around. Seth's early experiences with his friend, however, were painful. Max nipped at fingers, making Seth pull his hand back. My son soon came inside with a frown, sliding the glass door between him and his pet. Dog Training 101 I reminded … Continue reading I Taught my Son to Worship a Dog – Psalm 25:4-5

My Family is a Mess – Luke 11:27-28

We played at the park last weekend, after a memorial celebration honoring one of our family members who passed on. It wasn't overly solemn, nor did the rifts between us show themselves much. After enjoying the potluck meal, Jerry and I headed to the playground with our grandchildren and grand-nephews. Our son-the-father-of-several gave his dad an … Continue reading My Family is a Mess – Luke 11:27-28

Perfection, and Not – Ephesians 2:4-7

Real children don't always behave well, not like the cherished doll that adorned my bed. Real children come to us bringing messes, noises, and cries of protest. Not Priscilla. I bought her at a church bazaar with my babysitting money, after years of yearning for one of Mrs. Dillon's dolls. Priscilla's job was to spend the day exactly as … Continue reading Perfection, and Not – Ephesians 2:4-7

I Don’t Love Her – Matthew 22:34-40

One of life's sweetest blessings is when my grandchildren holler "GRAN - MAAAAA!" and come running to greet me. They haven't knocked me down yet, but their exuberance is certainly felt. One Sunday after church, however, I wasn't too happy about my grandson's behavior. He'd been playing near the bleachers at the back of the gym, and I … Continue reading I Don’t Love Her – Matthew 22:34-40

The Day I Became Different – 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

Arriving home from school and smelling like kid sweat and playground dust, I rushed to lay my papers on the table before the screen slammed shut, but failed. I slumped with disappointment that I didn't win, but knew I'd try again tomorrow. I hugged Mom, and she sized me up. I was sure she could tell I'd … Continue reading The Day I Became Different – 2 Corinthians 5:17-18