June 24, 2019

Tag - Trust

God’s Hands: Firm and Secure

Could our Gospel passage (John 10:27-30) be any shorter on this Fourth Sunday of Easter? Yet, it packs a tremendous amount of comfort for each one of us, even though, perhaps, for different reasons. “No one can take them out of my hand.” “No one can...

Trusting in His Grace

Once upon a time there was a poor, unremarkable kingdom that had only one claim to fame: its king owned, as a family heirloom, a magnificent diamond of amazing beauty and perfection. He kept this treasure on display in a special room in his castle...

Seeking the Gift that Matters

A poem was once written about a tragic situation in which five people unnecessarily froze to death around a campfire one winter. It was a bitterly cold night, and there was no shelter available. The fire was dying out and needed to be replenished...

For Us, Jesus Must Be Everything

When I was newly ordained, I heard our retreat master mention something that has stuck to the back of my mind as Gospel truth and has had the significance of a milestone on the road to happiness, i.e., to God: “Jesus has to be everything for you.”...

Trusting Jesus

During the Vietnam War, an American soldier was severely wounded, but miraculously recovered, and from his hospital bed he wrote a very moving letter. He said, “From the split second I was hit, I was completely alone. . . . I was hurt real bad; a...

Listening to That Unseen Voice

My friend has a dog named Diamond. Whenever I talk to my friend on the phone, my friend will frequently put the phone on speaker. When my friend does put the phone on speaker, I like to call the dog’s name and say, “Hi Diamond. Would you like a...

Trusting God

Thomas Coleman Younger, or Cole Younger, was born on January 15, 1844, the seventh child in a family of 14 children. Cole was seventeen years old when the American Civil War started in 1861. In spite of the fact that Cole’s father supported the...

The Feast of our Own Eternal Future

The reason why the Feast of the Transfiguration is the only one celebrated twice every year (on the second Sunday of Lent and August 6th) is because it is the feast of our eternal future in Christ Jesus. As opposed to analyzing and dissecting the...

Trusting God

About 120 years ago a poor immigrant from Europe, seeking to make a new life for himself in America, was discovered walking down the track of a railroad in New Jersey, carrying all his worldly possessions in a large canvas bag across his back. When...

Following Jesus

In the past, I ministered at one of the prisons in Michigan. In that experience, I learned that there are basically two types of inmates. There are those who will benefit from the experience, take advantage of the counseling opportunities that are...