Time Stops Here

(First published in Pidgeonholes Magazine Vol. 12) Angled feathers cut rippling wounds through the waterWhere edges bleed with the dark, webbed memory of its veins.No diaphanous boundary converts weary wanderer to dark invader,Yet the air welcomes my visit with the rustling bow of the treesAnd the bleak, icy song of the wind that croons,“Welcome. Here, […]

On which side of the road do the flowers grow?

This story is a prologue to Wendell Mettey’s book, On Which Side of the Road do the Flowers Grow? – a compilation of true stories on life, love and loss, and one which I greatly enjoyed. There once lived a very unhappy man who was a carrier of water. He hated carrying water and despised his […]

If Your House were Made of Glass

If your house were made of glass, would your private life be any different? If you knew that people were keeping track of every choice you made, every word you said, every little thing you did, how would it change the way you lived? Integrity. It’s a rare commodity. When I was about ten or eleven, […]

Try Abstaining from Church

Our spiritual life is exactly that: it is meant to be lived. This involves a healthy diet of Scripture reading, social interaction, gathering with other followers, communal as well as personal prayer, and so on. Try abstaining from church and you’ll see what I mean. “And let us consider how to stir up one another […]

Too Busy for God?

The Lord can send all His best graces our way. But when we’re too busy for God, we’re no longer where we’re supposed to be. Life plays subtle tricks on us: enticing us with a good promotion, an exciting new project, keeping us busy with work and hobbies, and even tempting us with limitless rest […]

Depth of Mercy by Charles Wesley

Depth of mercy! Can there be Mercy still reserved for me? Can my God His wrath forbear, Me, the chief of sinners, spare? I have long withstood His grace, Long provoked Him to His face, Would not hearken to His calls, Grieved Him by a thousand falls. I have spilt His precious blood, Trampled on […]

O long and dark the stairs I trod

O long and dark the stairs I trod; With trembling feet to find my God Gaining a foothold, bit by bit, Then slipping back and losing it. Never progressing, striving still With weakening grasp and faltering will, Bleeding to climb to God, while He Serenely smiled, not noting me. Then came a certain time when […]

A Time for Silence

In the fast-paced motions of life, it can be very easy to lose yourself. We don’t usually notice it but a new promotion, an added assignment, even an interesting hobby is all it takes to blur the lines between stop and go. Silence is as essential to living as the pauses in a musical score. […]

When people take advantage of you

I sat on my desk this Sunday listening to an online sermon because my schedule didn’t allow me to attend the service at my local church. And I’d like to share with you one of the major points in the message, because I believe that for many, if not all of us, it hits home: “God can […]

Boasting about Our Weaknesses

Especially when things are going perfectly well, we can very easily fall into the trap of boasting about the things we did to make them possible. Paul the Apostle experienced this himself and wrote to the Corinthians about what should be done when the temptation strikes to brag about our accomplishments and experiences: I will […]