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There’s a story about a newlywed couple who cooked one of their first meals together as husband and wife. The young woman had chosen to make an old family recipe — pot roast — and she wanted it to be just perfect. When everything was ready, she pulled the pan out of the oven and… Read more »
We’ve all heard the saying, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” But recently, I’ve been reflecting more deeply on the origins of that phrase. In John 8, we find Jesus teaching in the temple in Jerusalem. The scribes and the Pharisees have brought before Him a woman who’s been caught in… Read more »
Someone’s son recently started first grade, and he’s learning simple addition and subtraction. After the first week of school, he came home upset, calling his teacher “mean” and saying he didn’t want to go back to his class. His dad was understandably concerned and asked his son what had happened. The boy informed his dad… Read more »
What’s the first thought that pops into your head when you hear the phrase, “Fourth of July”? For me, it’s two words: “sacrifice” and “freedom”. There’s first and foremost a reverence about Independence Day that comes with remembering the men and women who went before us, many of whom paid the ultimate price, to make… Read more »
Here in America, certain symbols signify the approach of Easter. Marshmallow peeps and chocolate bunnies abound. Parents scour the stores for kids’ matching outfits and toys to fill Easter baskets. We dye eggs and prepare big family dinners. But this season, the symbol I’ve found myself reflecting on is gardens. Not just any gardens, but… Read more »
Have you ever had a garden with perennials (plants that “come back” each year)? If so, then you know that a perennial plant’s life cycle revolves around the seasons — and that when winter comes, the plant enters a period of dormancy. It sheds its leaves and retreats into a kind of hibernation to protect… Read more »