The Surrendered Gift

Give as freely as you have received! — Matthew 10:8 We left the torn and crumpled paper  under the tree until this morning — a reminder of an anticipation that feeds a Christmas longing — to give and to receive, but it is more than an exchange of trinkets, it is the desire to relate,Continue reading “The Surrendered Gift”


No Scripture is exhausted by a single explanation. The flowers of God’s garden bloom not only double, but sevenfold; they are continually pouring forth fresh fragrance.  — Charles Spurgeon Fragrance held within  these gentle folds  that I hold, cool  and silken petals hidden within  my enclosed palm; but such beauty  is better unfurled  in aContinue reading “Layers”


Tillers of land and soil and seed to bloom sustenance; keepers of earthly creatures, shepherding all, minding our duty to family, governing the us in humanity, given authority to manage the gifts, the provisions bestowed by a holy God, not to hold selfishly while saturated in complacency, not to hoard in fear or indifference whileContinue reading “Stewards”