An Instinct for Worship

I stepped out of my front door this morning in order to head to work and suddenly I stopped short.  The air was very still.  This in itself was very odd because normally, where I live, wind is an ever-present.  However, it wasn’t the lack of wind which made me stop.  It was, of all things, a smell; a welcoming, honest smell.   In the darkness…

The End of the Nightmare

We have all read in scientific books, and, indeed, in all romances, the story of the man who has forgotten his name. This man walks about the streets and can see and appreciate everything; only he cannot remember who he is. Well, every man is that man in the story. Every man has forgotten who…

Stillness …

Just across the street from one of the houses in which I lived while I was a boy was a small forest. It wasn’t anything spectacular, just some small (maybe twenty foot tall), broadleaf trees which grew in an L-shaped, 8-10 acre patch on two sides of the neighborhood. At its widest point it was…

Be Thou My Vision

For the last five and a half weeks, at random times (seemingly), I have had the tune and few words I know to the old hymn Be Thou My Vision pop into my head. It seemed that perhaps God was trying to tell me something by the frequency of its coming, so I looked up…

16-fold

Let us pretend that you have had cable television for about fifteen years (since 1999). The first year that you had it, you paid $50/mo for 100 channels. The next year the cost went up to $55 for those same 100 channels, but you thought, “Well, I’ve really enjoyed watching (American) football on ESPN and…