LORD, MAKE ME A BANYAN TREE

We lost a mighty tree in our front yard this winter.  It was an ash, and yes, it was already dead—defeated by Michigan’s pernicious emerald ash borer.   When it toppled during a windstorm, it brought down the electrical wires, snapping a wooden pole, pulling the meter off our house and taking out the cable and internet in one fell swoop.  The weight of the massive trunk wrestled the roots from the damp earth, and 80 feet of bark and bole and branch sprawled across the lawn.Looking at the snar … [Read more...]

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Meditations in God’s Garden

Spring arrived slowly this year.  In Michigan, where I make my home, the earth is still brown and muddy and the trees are bare; and there's still the chance that a rogue snowfall will smother the crocuses and the snowdrops, those delicate precursors of green grass and fragrant flowerbeds.Still, though, Spring is the time when our hearts turn to the garden.  Not in the hot Summer, when sultry breezes make it all too easy to set down the trowel and just loll around near the air conditioner; a … [Read more...]

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IMAGE AND REALITY: God’s Vision for Womanhood

What makes a woman beautiful?If the magazines in the checkout aisle are to be believed, women are beautiful if they are lanky, blonde, and air-brushed.If they carry a few extra pounds after that last pregnancy, if they have greying temples or a sagging chin or a furrowed brow, they are not trying hard enough!Contemporary media--television, movies, magazines and the movie industry--all support the idea that beauty is only skin deep.  For the teen girl struggling to understand her own w … [Read more...]

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