The Pain of Hope

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”  Anne Bradstreet   Hope is such a strange thing.  We love it, and yet we simultaneously despise it. It can be the most painful thing.  Do we dare to … More The Pain of Hope

Standing in the Gap

What does it mean to “stand in the gap” for someone? Biblically, there are physical and spiritual examples of this concept.  (Ps. 106:23; Ezek 13:5, 22:30, Nehemiah 4:16, Isaiah 58:12, I Timothy 2:1) When the Israelites were rebuilding the wall in Nehemiah 4, half of the people literally stood by the ones working, with weapons … More Standing in the Gap

An Orphan No Longer

Lately I’ve been thinking about something that I learned from my parents while growing up. I’ve really been struck with the fact that both of them are givers, one of those “caught not taught” ways of life. I mean I’m sure we talked about these things, but the real impact came from just watching and learning … More An Orphan No Longer