Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” -Genesis 28:16 What do you want in life? Really deep down? What is your deepest longing? Your purest purpose? What is that inescapable drive within you? What is at the center of your heart and mind and soul? Read Genesis 28:10-17 again. This is a story about waking up. Waking up to purpose, and joy, and meaning and calling. Waking up to more, to the more that is all around us, all the time.......
Take a moment and think of some of the people in Scripture and how they had to take a step of faith on their journey. They had to make the first step on the path up some pretty significant mountains. Think about the mountains these people climbed… Moses David Isaiah Jesus the disciples John, charged with documented visions and dreams in Revelation From Genesis to Revelation, God’s Word is full of stories of how people had to make the first step on the mountains in their life they must climb. Reflect: Where......
You and I are dirt creatures. Scripture describes us as dirt sculptures made alive by the spirit of God. The Lord God formed the human from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the human became a living being. (Genesis 2:7) It’s not all that different from frosty the snowman. You know, you build a human form from snow, you give it facial features, and then something magical animates good old frosty! In the snowman’s case, it was an old silk hat. In our......
A father and son are in a horrible car crash that kills the dad. The son is rushed to the hospital. just as he’s about to go under the knife, the surgeon says, “I can’t operate—that boy is my son!” Can you explain? . . . . . . If you haven’t yet figured it out, the surgeon is the boys MOTHER! If you didn’t get it at first (or if you end ahead before you really thought about it), then you are like most people who don’t get this right away......
My family has a special call when a meal is ready and on the table. In a swooping, high-pitch voice, one of the ladies of the family will call out, “Whoop, whoop!” We all know that this is the signal that we are to stop whatever we are doing and make ourselves available to eat. A second call might be given if a family member does not show up promptly. Rarely is there a third call. Instead, either someone goes looking for the absent person or dinner just starts without that person.......
The Tree of Life is one of my favorite images in the entire Bible. It bookends the story of God. In Genesis, the Tree of Life is planted in the idyllic Garden of Eden. And in Revelation, it is found in the center of the River of Life within the New Jerusalem. So, it must be an important image for understanding God’s story. There are trees throughout scripture which remind us of the Tree of Life at the beginning and end of our sacred story. Just a few examples include, the tree by......