Winter, like despair, will give way to spring and hope

Charles Dickens once wrote, “It was the winter of despair…” in his novel “A Tale of Two Cities.” I am sure there are many people in our country in a state of despair due to our unusual winter. In the eastern part of the country people are digging out of their homes as one snowstorm […]

‘It’s just a fact, but a fact it is’

It’s just a fact, but a fact it is, that the teachers who most influenced my life early on were Methodists. San Jacinto Elementary in Amarillo, Texas, was evidently a hotbed of Methodism. Or maybe it was just that my primary school path there was colored by the presence of three of them. Someday I’ll […]

Today’s amenities cast a new light on childhood chores

A friend sent me a brief history of wash day (laundry day), and then we talked and laughed about our having had the privilege of living much of that history having to do with the work before washing machines came along. At lma, we had very few amenities, such as running water, electricity, or butane. […]

Not a lot of room in those friendly skies

“Honey, they shrunk the plane,” muttered my wife as we took our seats on a recent flight to Iowa. I assured her that the plane hadn’t been shrunk, we had just super-sized our meals too often at fast food places lately. That did little to improve her mood but the knot she put on my […]

You always have give and take in this world

We have lots of folks come through our office and home. We try to be hospitable. While cleaning up the office, I found a pair of glasses. They were the frameless kind that make you look like Benjamin Franklin. I asked around the office, yet no one claimed them. In the midst of all this […]

You must acknowledge failure and approach God for forgiveness

I saw a bumper sticker that said, “I heart concrete,” causing me to think, “Hmm, that person must work in concrete.” Concrete is a very versatile product because it can be used for building all kinds of structures, including roads and bridges. In many cases, it’s used as the very foundation for whatever is being […]

Make your own interpretation of words but keep it simple

Playing with words has been a favorite pastime since I can remember. Because Mother and Grandmother were eager for me to learn new words, they spent much time helping me. They also wanted me to learn to memorize nursery rhymes and kept me entertained with the fun of trying to rhyme words. As a result […]

Much can happen when the mind is clouded

It had been a long day for Steffan. Frozen pipes, touchy tractors, cranky cows and a stuffy nose. A headache had kept him banging his head against the wall from 6 am to sundown. His wife and kids went to town that evening, leaving him alone. He was hungry but decided to take cold medicine […]

Faith, like sports, requires much dedication and sacrifice

“…Let us lay aside every weight…Let us run with patience the race…” Hebrews 12:1 In the 1960’s, ABC Sports coined a phrase that outlived its Wide World of Sports show, “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” To this day I can still visualize that poor ski jumper who crashed in the opening […]

Real faith and real life are the same real story

One of my favorite authors is also one of my favorite storytellers. A reviewer of my How To Measure a Rainbow book once called me a capable “storyteller.” Alas, that’s far too grand a title for me, but one I’d love to deserve. The man I’m thinking of is the real deal. Most of his […]