On Giving God Advice

“And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!” Genesis 17:18 When God told Abraham his wife would have a biological son, Abraham laughed. It sounded great, of course, but it was impossible. They had been down this road before with nothing to show for it. Nothing except Ishmael of course,Continue reading “On Giving God Advice”

Divine Translation: The Word Became Flesh

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14a The Word become flesh is the most breathtaking, precise translation of language ever accomplished. In all other cases, there is something lost in translation, the nuances and intimacies of the native tongue sanded away until only the general message remains. But in thisContinue reading “Divine Translation: The Word Became Flesh”

I Have Seen the One Who Sees Me

Unclean. Unclean am I, I am unclean, because of a bleeding that won’t stop, no matter how much I adhere to the doctors’ instructions, more outrageous and extravagant by the day. Weakness does not just fill me; it is me. I feel cold in the sun. I want to seek Him, Jehovah, the Lord, theContinue reading “I Have Seen the One Who Sees Me”

A Grainy Photograph of the Unseen

  Dedicated to my father, who has shown me what it means to follow Christ.   I don’t see God the way he truly is, and this bothers me. I logically assent that he is the God who delivered his people from Egypt in an epic of miracles, the God whose glory would kill meContinue reading “A Grainy Photograph of the Unseen”