two things are true when the pieces don’t fit

Recently I visited Fort Sheridan Beachon the north shore of Lake Michigan and this is what I saw as I got out of the car. By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance,…

Worship in my own words – part 1

A number of years ago, I attended a Worship Arts Conference at Willow Creek Church in Barrington, Illinois. In one of the workshops on worship leading we talked about how we as worship leaders do not just sing. We lead others to worship. And to lead others, we must be worshipers ourselves. One of the…

iphone maps and guidance

When we left our son’s home in Pennsylvania on July 18 to travel home to Illinois, I entered the start and destination info into my iphone map And there it was – the overview – a place to start, but hardly helpful for knowing how to get there. There were, however, steps which told me…

I hear . . . .

I Hear . . . . . Birds singing Occasional cars driving by The sound of my husband turning the pages as he reads I sit on the deck in the shade He is just inside the door sitting in the sun After 42 years, some things never change. He’d freeze out here. I’d roast…

What is…& What will be…

“It is, is what it is.” “What will be, will be.” I take comfort in this thought: I serve a good God and a sovereign God who is present in the “What is” and the “What will be.”

Telephone Poles, Wires and Lent

I notice the beauty the evergreens from my window freshly decorated with the overnight snow storm. And once again I am irritated by the clutter of telephone pole and wires. What if I could just clear it all away? How it would change the view! Lord, sometimes “telephone poles and lines” get in the way of…

Singing and Wings

written during a season of loss in 2006 – 7 months after Gordon died and 3 months after Galen lost his job at the church. My greatest fear – that I would lose the worship choir community which I found to be so life giving for me. I didn’t know how I would survive. Those…

Inflow/Outflow by Melissa Hurst

The background of this Guest Post by Melissa Garber Hurst, PA: I suspect that some of you following this blog are thinking that all this time for listening for God is for those of us in the ” second half of life”  because we have time.  I would have been thinking the same thing!  So today I focus…

Green Pastures, Still Waters and Refreshing

The last couple of days I have been spending time in Psalm 23 The first few verses are what has captured my heart: 1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,      he leads me beside quiet waters,  3 he refreshes my soul. Lord,  I…