Bethlehem and the Women

The account in the Bible of Naomi & Ruth and Elizabeth & Mary is a wonderful part of the Christmas story. The friendship of women and the mentoring of young women by older women is apparent. Because of Naomi, Ruth came to Israel. We have a glimpse into their relationship in the book of Ruth.… Continue reading Bethlehem and the Women

A Book Review: The President’s Wife

Tracy Enerson Wood takes us back to 1915 in her novel, the President’s Wife. The book tells the story of Edith Galt’s marriage to President Woodrow Wilson. The wedding takes place during his first term in office. It was a bit of a scandal for the President to remarry so soon after the death of… Continue reading A Book Review: The President’s Wife

Humility and Thanksgiving

For the past couple of weeks our small group has been discussing humility. What does humility look like? Throughout scripture we see the character of God alongside human nature. God is the creator and redeemer. He is holy, righteous, just, merciful and loving. In contrast all people have sinned.  We need saving. For by grace… Continue reading Humility and Thanksgiving

Why Choose Life?

In the U.S. state elections this past week abortion was a central issue. Ohio voted to enshrine abortion in their constitution. I am deeply saddened. In 1950 the U.S. fertility rate was 3.5 births per woman. The current fertility rate is 1.78 births per woman. In order to replace/maintain the population, a fertility rate of… Continue reading Why Choose Life?

Seasons and Thyme

When it snowed on Wednesday, I realized that the mild fall weather was turning towards winter. Thankfully I had brought my potted herbs indoors prior to the snow. It is a blessing to have fresh herbs year around. I have a sunny bay window that is the perfect spot for parsley, rosemary and thyme. Pinetree… Continue reading Seasons and Thyme

Branches of the Olive Tree

For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:10 The war in Israel is heartbreaking. The situation is complex. As Christians we need to pay attention and pray for Israel.  When I… Continue reading Branches of the Olive Tree

Calendula: A Flower and a Herb

Last week it was a treat to see trees in many shades of color in Upper Michigan. I was also delighted to see some flowers still in bloom—roses and calendula.  Calendula is sunshine bright It is also a useful herb. The dried petals of the flower have been called poor man’s saffron—it can be added… Continue reading Calendula: A Flower and a Herb

The Beauty Still to Come

The book of Revelation gives us a glimpse into God’s plans for his people. John’s vision has symbols and metaphors, but all point to God’s finished work. I am in my second year of study in Revelation. In the book of Hebrews, the author writes about the role of priests. On earth they offer gifts… Continue reading The Beauty Still to Come