My God Alphabet —  W: Warrior

My God Alphabet — W: Warrior

When I was in 5th grade, I signed up to serve at an early morning church service. Because it was my first time serving,  I was simply told to observe the other kids who had already been trained. On the day of the service, my dad drove me to church, and we arrived with...
My God Alphabet—V: Victorious Vindicator

My God Alphabet—V: Victorious Vindicator

I have to admit it: I am a die-hard Minnesota Vikings football fan. Since their inception in the early 1960s, the Vikings have fielded some storied, amazing teams. They have been to the Superbowl 4 times—the last some 40 years ago—with no championships to show. They...
My God Alphabet—U: Unshakeable

My God Alphabet—U: Unshakeable

These days of a viral pandemic have been a time of unsettling personal and global shaking. Throughout the world, people are severely shaken because of Covid-19, a highly contagious virus.  Lives have been lost, people have been hospitalized or quarantined,...
My God Alphabet— T : Trustworthy

My God Alphabet— T : Trustworthy

Have you ever relied on someone’s word or asked them to do something for you— only to later discover they let you down and weren’t worthy of your trust? When she was a teenager, my wife went on a church ski trip. Being new to skiing, Terese was only able to go on the...
My God Alphabet— S: Savior

My God Alphabet— S: Savior

When I was just a toddler, my dad took our family of 8 to the lake home of his employer for a large company picnic. I don’t remember any of this, but I was told that while with a group of children who played near the shore of the lake, I ventured out onto the dock by...
My God Alphabet: R— Refuge

My God Alphabet: R— Refuge

In every life, there are —or will be—times when the world is suddenly shaken, and we find ourselves vulnerable and afraid. It’s as if the ground beneath our life violently shifts, and the things we thought would keep us safe suddenly vanish. We long for refuge....
My God Alphabet—Q: Quieter

My God Alphabet—Q: Quieter

In case you hadn’t figured this out already —and I suspect you already have—life is a mixed bag of sunny days and stormy ones, summer breezes and winter gales, peaceful times, and unsettling events. A sudden job loss, an unexpected phone call, a troubling doctor’s...
My God Alphabet—P: Pure and Purifier

My God Alphabet—P: Pure and Purifier

What do you think of when you hear the words “pure gold”?  Perhaps an expensive ring or necklace, or the bricks of the precious metal stored at Fort Knox come to mind.  24-carat gold is considered the “gold standard’ of purity for this precious metal. We’ve...
My God Alphabet—O: Open-Handed

My God Alphabet—O: Open-Handed

Take a deep breath. Now take another. Keep breathing as you consider these facts: ·     An adult at rest breathes about 17,280 to 23,040 times a day at 12 to 16 breaths per minute. Adults breathe about 6.3 to 8.4 million breaths per year. ...