Spiritual Food

Like a Leaning Wall

Like a Leaning Wall

Several years ago I employed my meager landscaping skills to create a tiered section of one of our flower gardens.  I carefully dug and leveled courses on which to lay the row of cinder blocks which would serve as the retaining wall of the top tier and the landscaping timbers that would serve as the […]

The Battle Against Bird Poop

The Battle Against Bird Poop

I’m fighting a defensive battle with the birds this year.  On one front, there are the ubiquitous sparrows.  A few days ago, I was alerted to their initial foray into forbidden territory by the sound of rhythmic scratching heard above the kitchen window.  I immediately identified the sound as that of sparrow scouts surveying the […]

Reflections at Dusk

Reflections at Dusk

I sat on the front porch this evening, and watched as dusk stole slowly but certainly across the evening sky.  Listening to the birds settling in for the night as their chirping diminished in volume and frequency I also noticed the vole rummaging in the leaves in the garden at my feet.  I could feel […]

The Character of the Cross of Christ

“Never tolerate the idea of martyrdom about the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations of hell were shaken. There is nothing more certain in Time or Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross: He switched the whole of the human race back into a right […]

Dark Tunnel

When the Road Leads Through Shadows

Early this week I received an e-mail message from a dear brother and good friend in which he expressed something of a struggle he was facing in ministry.  His heart cry was expressed in the words that he felt as though he was wandering in the shadow-lands.  I prayed for him, did some eclectic reading […]

A wooden cross on a hill at sunset

Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Elizabeth Clephane (1830-1869) was a frail Scottish woman, who, despite her physical limitations, was known throughout her community for her helpful, cheery nature. Among the sick and dying in her area she won the name of “Sunbeam.” She wrote 8 hymns in all and only two have endured … one of them being “The Ninety […]