What Does Hope Look Like?

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.  Ruth 1:16 ESV In this small Old Testament book, we meet a woman named Naomi,…

Getting Back in the Boat With Jesus

And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Matthew 14:32 NKJV This seemingly insignificant verse from Matthew’s gospel held a promise for me that I had overlooked till I desperately needed it. My mother was just 62 when she died of breast cancer and her passing left me feeling like I had been…

Man of Sorrows – God of Comfort

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.          Isaiah 53:3 KJV “Man of Sorrows what a name?” begins the hymn by Phillip Bliss, that points us…

A Joyful Pain

This week having eye surgery on Tuesday has been rough and unexpectedly painful in recovery. My greatest blessing has been my wife’s patient help and loving encouragement. No one else would have put up with me these last couple of days! God’s challenge is for me has been to focus on the joy of my…

Comfort and Joy

In the church my dad attended years ago they loved singing: The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come! The Holy Ghost from Heav’n, the Father’s promise giv’n; Oh, spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found— The Comforter has come!    Frank Bottome 1890 God is near to comfort. But if we look to…