Well, the last day of hunting season is over, and it’s the first day of December! Did you get the deer of your dreams? We have a small herd of nearly a dozen deer that run our woods, but although Abby dreamed of catching one, they all got away! (Note the white tail to the … Continue reading The First and the Last and the First
It took me quite a while to decide whether this was a separate command or part of Jesus’s earlier imperative: “Take no thought for your life” (Matthew 6:25), but the two commands are like two bookends in the passage (Matthew 6:25-34), and I think the first is telling us not to worry about the present, … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (60): Don't Worry About Tomorrow
Today is December 1—the first day of Advent Season, and as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ on December 25th, I couldn’t help but think how perfect it is that this is also the week to meditate on Jesus’s instruction in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (59): Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Among the world’s most beautiful living plants, I can’t think of anything more gorgeous than flowers. How about you? Trees can be majestic and fill me with awe, but for sheer pleasure, there is no botanical sensory experience I enjoy more than visiting a lush flower garden bursting with extravagantly colored blooms . . . … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (57): Consider the Lilies
Do you know the first thing that popped into my head when I asked you if you know where your heart is? I probably shouldn’t even admit it, but it was a line from a song written years before I was born. I can’t remember the last time I heard it (probably as a little … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (54): Do You Know Where Your Heart Is?
Jesus told us not to lay up treasures for ourselves on earth. This is excellent advice, and as I survey my life, I realize how badly I’ve failed in this area! I’m surrounded by such abundance that my closets and drawers are stuffed. What is wrong with me? My lame excuse is what I call … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (53): What Are Your Favorite Earthly Treasures?
“When God opens our eyes for his word, we see into a world of miracles. What previously appeared dead to me is full of life, the hard demand becomes the graceful commandment” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). Have you ever gotten into the habit of fasting? To date, I have not, but I’ve been thinking very hard about … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (52): Putting the Feast in Fasting
My father grew up going to church but rejected what he had learned as a child and became a self-proclaimed atheist for many years, so when I was a child, I never went to church or heard anything about Christianity. In fact, my mother wrote as a “cute saying” in my baby book that at … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (47): Be “Perfect” . . . Is That Even Possible??
Although Crêpes Suzette were popular in France over 100 years ago (and even 60 years ago when I was a budding wanna be cheffette), I think in the past 10-15 years crêpes have crept from the Continent (of Europe)—likely aboard luxury cruise liners—across the Atlantic and are now on trend in American menus! In France … Continue reading Sweet and Savory Crepes Like a Pro (Without Being One)
I don’t know if you’re like me, but this directive seems a lot easier to me than some of them. For instance, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (from Matthew 22:39) seems impossibly hard unless I put it in the context of Luke 6:31, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (41): Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You