The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee. Isaiah 26:3 In the past, when my mind was unsettled, I prayed for peace. When I was plagued with distrust, I prayed for peace. When I felt God was unfair, I prayed … Continue reading Why Peace Doesn’t Come
And he came to Mary and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you. Luke 1:28 Mary was favored by God, promised His presence, but then, her life was characterized by suffering. She left her home eight months pregnant. She gave birth in … Continue reading When I’m Suffering, Am I Really Favored?
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:14 Songs have been written about peace at Christmastime … Continue reading Where Is The Peace On Earth?
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh [Messiah] comes. Genesis 49:10 If I look for a human being to emulate, Joseph is always a good choice. His fidelity to God amidst great suffering has inspired us … Continue reading An Unpredictable Lineage
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. John 14:9 God speaks and planets appear out of nowhere. God pushes galaxies around with the tip of … Continue reading Possessed
And Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 God has always been about separating light from darkness. When Satan rebelled, God expelled him … Continue reading The Infant Light Of The World
Vast caravans of camels will converge on you, the camels of Midian and Ephah. The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense and will come worshiping the Lord. Isaiah 60:6 In the mighty expanse of God's wisdom, prayers are always answered. But God's children, in great need, … Continue reading Shallow Narcissists
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? But … Continue reading The Agony of Waiting
And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 My biggest mistake would … Continue reading History Plus Experience
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem. Matthew 2:16 Mothers wept over their slain children. Wailing was heard beyond the boundaries of Bethlehem. Herod’s rage had caused … Continue reading Infant Martyrs