No tree has to stand in the orchard shouting, “Look at my fruit!” It doesn’t have to, because fruit speaks for itself.
Filled with a certain greatness, Psalm 1 calls us upward to live in such a way that we will be like that solid tree, drawing sustenance from the stream — and succeeding in all we do. Continue reading “God’s Key to Success”
One of our granddaughters once drew a selfie which included us. “I gave us glasses,” she explained to me, “but not Nonno (grandfather) because he can never find his anyway!” She knows her Nonno well. The absent-minded professor in person, constantly misplacing his keys, glasses, and other things! Continue reading “Why I Find Yearly Bible Reading So Important”
A man I know spent a week in a train station among the homeless street people, hoping to discover what life was like for them. The main thing he learned was what it was like to be nameless, faceless, and overlooked. They were forgotten people. Continue reading “The Lame Beggar Healed”
The heavens and stars have long fascinated humanity with their beauty and mystery. For they speak of something higher and greater than ourselves. The wise men who worshiped Christ were just such star gazers. Searching the heavens for a sign of the coming king, the greatest ever. Continue reading “Only Man Walks Upright”
We have a saying here in Italy: Appetite comes with eating. (L’appetito vien mangiando.) After long illnesses or prolonged fasts people lose their appetite and have to learn to like food again. Their stomach shrinks and they have little desire to eat. Continue reading “Quenching Our Thirsty Soul”
God’s temple was a peculiar building from start to finish. It was the Lord’s own house, planned, directed, and modeled by him. King Solomon built this first earthly building for God, totally dedicated and devoted to his honor. Which granted it a special sort of beauty. Continue reading “Built in Silence: God Comes Softly”
“Lord, just let me be near you.” Such was Mary’s heart cry. “Just to sit at your feet, and soak up every word.” She didn’t think of being seen or care to be noticed. Nor was she seeking a place of prominence. She simply wanted to sit at his feet, hang on his every word, and learn from the One dearest to her heart. Such is the heart that the Lord commends. Of such a one he says, “You have chosen the best part.” Continue reading “Choosing the Best”