Honesty

Honesty – is it still the best policy? Edwin Sandy (from the 1500s) is credited with coining the phrase “Honesty is the best policy”, and that Benjamin Franklin (in the 1700s) popularized it. Could we agree that even in 2021, honesty is highly valued and sought after by ethical, righteous people? Am I honest? Are you? Ask these self-reflective questions …

Waiting Through Covid 19

Recently, as I went running with some friends, one said: “I am getting tired.” Later that day, I was reading Jeremiah 12, and came to v. 5: The Lord says, “Suppose you have raced with people. And suppose they have worn you out; Then how would you be able to race against horses? Suppose you feel safe only in open country; Then how …

Those Dainty Dandelions

During a cool down stroll following a lengthy run recently, my eyes spotted a cluster of bright, yellow flowers. . . .called. . . . .dandelions. I had always considered dandelions as weeds, but this day, my opinion would change. This group of flowers were beautiful and sunny.  Their petals revealed intricate order; I would need more faith to believe …

Volcano Effect

On April 9, 2021, the La Soufrière volcano on the north side of St. Vincent erupted, causing major disruption in the lives of everyone there. Geology teaches that volcanoes erupt because of something happening deep under a mountain for a significant amount of time before it ‘blows the top’. This is called the ‘volcano effect’.   What are the triggers …

What are you meditating on?

Covid-19 has given the world ample time to reflect on life, or, in other words, meditate. Some folk stay clear of the word ‘meditate’ because it conjures up the idea of Eastern mysticism. But ‘meditate’ every living mind does. I propose that to meditate is simply to think, think long, and think deep. The bigger question is, “What do you …

The Vaccine & The Beast

Within the last six days, three individuals have mentioned to me that they want nothing to do with the Covid vaccine because it has something to do with the mark of the beast. They might have a point; it’s an interesting way of interpreting the Bible by imposing on it. It’s like someone asking me about Armageddon, and I direct them to …

So Bright…..So Beautiful

Greetings! Right in front of our church building (in Cincinnati) earlier this week, I looked to the right, to the left, then straight ahead, and was able to, from one spot, count nine colors on spring flowers. Wild flowers about which I generally don’t pay attention to, smiled at me through bright colors –   Purple Cresses, Marsh Marigolds, Butter Cups, …

Life- What Life

Good morning friend! I wasn’t pleased, at first – needing to be somewhere at a certain time, but now I’m in line, waiting, walled by vehicles in either direction, not knowing how long this wait was going to be. But then I decided to turn my annoyance into admiration – of nine geese, taking their time in crossing the road, …

Ticked Off…..

The other day I got ticked off. I was accused of something which I knew was not true. I got ‘hot under the collar’: blood pressure went up, stress hormones production tripled, headache set in, I was ready to strike back. . . . . . . .you get the idea. What does God want me to do when such …

Is Grace For Real

“How is it possible that I can get so much from God when I give Him so little?” was the question a dear friend posed to me recently. We were discussing end-of-life matters and what truly matters in the end. This individual seemed baffled and truly amazed at the thought of GRACE, God’ GRACE. GRACE is what God offers sinful …