THE EMPATHY EQUATION

. . . a dead person was being carried out -- the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.  . . . When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."  (Luke 7:12-13) When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also...

LIFTED

Psalm 30 in other words:   I will lift up Your name, Lord, because You have lifted me up. You looked into the deep hole I'd dug for myself, and pulled me out. Later, when my enemies came up to the edge and looked in, ready to point and laugh, my pit was empty. In...

ALL WE NEED TO KNOW

I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.  . . . I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.  (Ps. 119:30, 32) To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then...

JUST BECAUSE

But now, this is what the Lord says . . . ". . . I have summoned you by name, you are mine. . . . you are precious and honored in my sight, . . . because I love you . . ."  (Isa 43:1, 4) "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing...

GAZING ON THE BEAUTY

. . . . whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things.  (Phil 4:8) One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may...

BOTH SIDES

"It is mine to avenge; I will repay."  (Deut 32:35) . . ."I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity." (Ps. 75:2) . . . the Most High . . . is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6: 35-36) The Lord is...

LEFT WANTING

. . . "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there...

THE NOT-SO-GREAT BEYOND

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best . . . for it is God who works in you to act in order to fulfil his good purpose. (Phil 1:9; 2:13)   "Find freedom by...

A GOOD AFFLICTION

And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I might learn your decrees.  (Ps. 119:71)   It's been a tough seventh grade for...

A BEAUTIFUL PROMISE

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, . . . your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat...