I didn’t grow up in a liturgical church tradition and don’t remember our church making a huge deal out of Advent. I do remember lighting candles every week for the four weeks leading up to Christmas, and a short reading each week. It was more of an addition to what felt like an already full order of … [Read more...] about On Advent and Waiting and Hope
“We put our hope in the Lord, He is our help and our shield In Him our hearts rejoice, For we trust in His holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us Lord, For our hope is in You alone.” (Psalm 33:20-22, NLT) Not long ago, after my good friend Kimberly (the founder of Well Christian … [Read more...] about Where is Your Hope?
As I write this, it's been exactly one month since Kimberly went to be with our Lord. In Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus, quoting Genesis 2:24, said, "Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother … [Read more...] about A Word From Rod, Kimberly’s Husband
You didn't want heaven without us So Jesus, You brought heaven down My sin was great, Your love was greater What could separate us now? Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You You silenced the boast, of sin and grave The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory For You are … [Read more...] about What a Beautiful Name
This week my seven-year-old son asked me if I would be here for Christmas. In years gone by, my answer would have been more complicated. I would have explained my call schedule at the hospital and how all of the obstetricians take turns so that even on Christmas there is a doctor on call to welcome … [Read more...] about Home for Christmas?
"You're almost there! Keep going... Keep going.... You're almost there!" I watched from the side of the pool as the swimming instructor encouraged my four-year-old daughter to keep swimming toward her. What struck me was that she didn't stay in place and wait for her. She kept moving a little … [Read more...] about Press On Toward the Goal