Happy New Year, friends!
Do you need His promise this next year?…
Where is the first place the gospel appears in the Bible? The answer may surprise you. Follow along and you’ll see a summary of God’s plan of redemption – hidden here within a genealogy in the book of Genesis!
Raising masculine boys today is a challenge especially when they are bombarded with wrong messages of what it is to be a man. It seems our culture is slipping away from valuing truly manly men – traditionally masculine men and fathers (gentlemen) – who lead their home, personal lives, and family well.
And a caveat: I am not talking about the wide range of God-given physical features or strength here. A man doesn’t need to be ruggedly built or look a certain way to be a wise, capable leader. And if there is a disability, the work becomes that of developing the mind and the inner spirit of the man. Hard work doesn’t always have to be physical….
Nana’s tangible legacy – her Bible – was given to me by my mother when I got married.
My memories of my Nana seem dreamy to me, since I was only eleven when I saw her last. She lived a jostling 2 day-long train ride away from our home on Capitol Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi. Those early memories included the aromatic ripe figs hanging on the trees; a wonderful old, dark brown Emerson electric fan with brass blades whirling round that kept us cool; and gorgeous purple German iris that she grew in her yard. But I also remember her gentle hands as she brushed my hair until it would shine and how she put eucalyptus essential oil on my pajama’s collar when I had a stuffy nose.
Her legacy was one of love.
Nana’s Bible remained in it’s protective wrappings for years, but now it is of my most treasured possessions.
Today my prayer overflows with sadness and pain. I have failed again. Oh, if only we could see we can not do anything of ourselves.
We cannot do even a little tiny bit.…