Persecution Is a faith-test, but so is freedom and ease

It was 27 years ago when Pavel Poloz, a recent exile from Russia, observed, “In Russia, Christians are tested by hardship, but in America you are tested by freedom. And testing by freedom is much harder.” He went on: “Nobody pressures you about your religion. So you relax and are not concentrated on Christ, on […]

Comments from the canyons: Age isn’t something to fear

Not long ago, a very young friend sat beside me to do a little visiting and asked me how it feels to be old. Well, she had no idea what happens when an English professor becomes completely speechless. I knew she wanted an answer and felt I should supply one but had no idea what […]

Lauriault: Jesus key to removing stain of sin

While coming home from church recently, I drove through a swarm of insects so thick I knew there wasn’t enough windshield solution to clean it off although I knew the reservoir was nearly full. It would’ve just made a smeary mess. Shortly thereafter, I was getting gas and decided to clean the windshield so my […]

Wisdom is God’s favorite tool

We often talk about how hard it is to know God’s will for our lives, but let’s get real. Knowing God’s will is rarely the hard part; what’s hard is doing the part of God’s will we already know but pretend that we don’t. And then, hurting ourselves and others, we ignore a hundred warning […]

Notes from the church lady: God never forgets even the lowliest

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee”… Jeremiah 1:5 As I walked out the door the cats were waiting for their breakfast. They greeted me with their unique voices that I can distinguish without even looking at them. “Good morning, Momma Kitty, Cinnamon, Lefty, Blondie, Cat, Bear…” I know and call every […]

Comments from the canyons: An hour in the country is worth a week in town

If you didn’t drive around in our county Sunday, you missed one of the most beautiful afternoons of the year. The pastures now have grass, wild flowers are blooming, and all mesas are beautiful no matter what. Near Quay, Prissy and I stopped to visit with Jenny, a white donkey, who so proudly carries the […]

Comments from the canyons: Everyone has own method of relieving tension

Sometimes, we are surrounded by a little too much tension and need to keep it from getting the upper hand. Letting it control us rather than our controlling it can make life all too unpleasant. The problem is how to avoid the former. When we can come up with a universal answer for that, we […]

Lauriault: Hard work deserves regular recognition

October is minister/clergy/pastor appreciation month with the goal that every church leader and their family would feel appreciated by those they serve (http://www.cccf-ucc.org/clergy_appreciation_month; publication of this website shouldn’t be construed as an endorsement of the website or the church to whom it belongs. It was merely the first place I looked after a Google search […]

The “Pop of Death” and Finding God’s Instructions

I started writing this two weeks ago, hoping that before I finished it, I’d know the end of the story. It was a Sunday afternoon. That means the dog and I had an appointment for a nap, but man’s best friend was away visiting other family and friends, including her real owner, so I had […]

Comments from the canyons: Yearbooks hold many fond memories

Recently, a friend mentioned that she had spent some time browsing through her Tucumcari High School annuals and what memories they had revived. Naturally, I grabbed some of mine and began to enjoy looking at the pictures of friends, but the best experience was reading the comments made by those teenage friends and most of […]