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Slightly Obsessed #260: In the Stillness

  And I said, ‘Have you seen him whom my soul loves?’  Hardly had I left them  When I found him whom my soul loves;  I held on to him and would not let him go.  – Song of Solomon 3:4  The little artificial tree perches on an antique treadle sewing machine, swathed in a […]

Slightly Obsessed #259: Eli’s Song

So whoever will humble himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:4 He enters a room with six-year-old abandon, bursting with enthusiasm. He never shows up at our house empty-handed, though. Sometimes he clutches his newest collection of cards or rocks or fishing gear to show us. Often […]

Slightly Obsessed #257: The Trifecta of Grace

But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger…. – James 1:19 A well-known Bible scholar recently posted some interesting news relating to current events on social media. The comment section was instantly bombarded with heated arguments. People who claimed to be Christians traded harsh and ignorant barbs. They posted […]

Slightly Obsessed #256: Silently, He Absorbs Your Pain

  Because in much wisdom there is much grief; and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain. – Ecclesiastes 1:18   A heavy dawn groans into a new day, dragging an underbelly full of yesterday’s burdens. Like the clouds, I awaken gray. Whiny child inhabiting an elder’s body, my first lucid thought of the day is […]

Slightly Obsessed #254: Be Not Deceived

  But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to distinguish between good and evil. – Hebrews 5:14   We walked through the tall, dry grass with a forester friend as we checked out the progress of the fledgling evergreens on our property overlooking the river valley. The men sauntered down […]

Slightly Obsessed #253: As It Began to Dawn – When God Invades Our Despair

  The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. – Henry David Thoreau, 1854.   My Southern-born mom put it less eloquently – but more graphically – when she declared, “I’m so low I have to look up to see a snake’s belly.” It’s hard to get much lower than the dirt. And that’s […]

Slightly Obsessed #252: Traditions, Expectations, and a Pandemic

  What is left when a pandemic takes down our world?     And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.’ When the angels had gone away from them […]

Slightly Obsessed #251: Rosh Hashanah – We Will Be Changed

  Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. – 1 Corinthians 15:51-52   When Will […]

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