Decoration Day

A family in Frisco, Texas, has been tending the grave of a stranger since 1908. It all began with a promise their great great grandmother made to a distraught young mother whose baby died on the trip West. [Read more…]

Have You Got Your Ticket?

  Maybe it’s because this week’s lectionary text is the Walk to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-35. Or maybe it’s because the whole Easter season is a journey that begins with the empty tomb and the Risen Lord. But for some reason I’ve been thinking about journeys and ways we can remember where we’re headed and [Read More…]

Choke or Clutch??

Why are some people good under pressure, clutch, and some people, equally talented, are chokers? Is it genetic? Or is it something else? [Read more…]

“A Garmin in the Hand”

I heard a story recently about a man who passed away in Vidor, Texas and who, after the memorial service at the funeral home, was to be buried in Franklin, Texas some 205 miles away.  The committal service was to be conducted by a pastor serving a church in Franklin. The funeral director scrawled some [Read More…]

“What’s in Your Heart?”

Remember Valentine’s Day in elementary school? Buying the box of valentine’s cards at the grocery store and filling out one for every class member, even the boy who made fun of you for your thick new glasses and later broke your toe (accidentally) playing dodge ball? [Read more…]

Priority Access

Last New Year’s Eve Day I flew from Dallas to Houston and back again in one day so I could get gold status with American Airlines. Priority Access. Doesn’t that have a nice ring? It was odd making a trip that had no other purpose than to rack up points. It gives a whole new [Read More…]

Grace Happens!

I like to make lists. So I started making a list of all the good things God is doing in our lives that we can’t control or prevent. [Read more…]

Time to Take Down That Tree!

I know what I need to do. I need to take down each ornament, one by one, and put them in their respective boxes, unwind the lights and wrap
them around the coffee can, take out the fake branches and bind them in bundles to put back in the box. [Read more…]

Do You Need A Prompter?

He stood like a little blonde blue eyed deer in the headlights, the words frozen on his lips. Miss Hefflebauer, from her
spot as prompter, crouched behind the lectern, hissed “Robert,… and the child grew and became strong!” [Read more…]

Level with Me

“Level with me, Do these pants make me look fat?” “Level with me. Am I going to lose this job?” “Level with me, do you still love me?” “Level with me, doctor, how much time do I have left?” We use the phrase “level with me” when we want to know the truth about our future, but we are afraid to ask. [Read more…]

Blame the Baby

Just as I launched into “Lift up your hearts!” a man whispered loudly to his wife, “Whose idea was it to serve communion on Christmas Eve??” [Read more…]

“Say What You Need to Say”

There was none of the usual information a flight attendant gives, no pleasantries or courtesies. When they landed, he came on the intercom and said “We’re here. Get off.” [Read more…]