Part 5: A Seat at the Table

Part 5: A Seat at the Table

It was six days until Passover. Jesus felt the weight of all that meant upon his shoulders. But not tonight. Tonight was his final respite, and he was grateful for it. And there was cause for celebration: Lazarus had been dead, but now he was alive again. His friends saw this as a miraculous, if [...]

Part 3: Oil of Joy

Part 3: Oil of Joy

Sometimes a memory of a person comes back as a single part that is emblematic of the whole. A mother's hands. A sister's hair. A father's strong arms. For Mary, it was Jesus' feet. Whenever they gathered, the men crowded around, shoulder to shoulder, to exchange ideas, listen, debate. It was at such a time [...]

Part 2: Reliving

Part 2: Reliving

Lazarus was among those reclining at table with him.John 12:2 Here. Now. With Jesus. This was the first time Lazarus had felt fully alive since dying. Had it really been just weeks? He couldn't remember the pain or sickness that had led up to it. Only the peace that followed--a peace that surpassed all understanding. [...]

Easter Vigil, a Story Told in 5 Parts

Easter Vigil, a Story Told in 5 Parts

Martha served.John 12:2 She glanced at her brother sleeping on the couch as she adjusted the goblets just-so and picked a few wilted leaves from the flowers in the centerpiece. The warm air hung thick and fragrant with the aroma of the spiced lamb roasting on the pit. Martha allowed herself a rare moment to [...]

Love the One Right in Front of You

Love the One Right in Front of You

God's been stitching a number of teachings together for me recently into this one: Love the person I put right in front of you. It's is the answer to God's purpose and plan for my life. It's the question Jesus will ask in my life review when my days are over. It's the example of [...]

“God” as a Trigger Word

“God” as a Trigger Word

My heart broke this week as I watched the coverage of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and heard this on CNN: And whenever she hears the word “God,” Carolyn said, flashbacks of abuse keep coming back. “The word ‘God’ makes me think of him [her abuser],” she said. “I just feel like my whole life [...]