He knows where He’s leading us

One might ask, why am I here? We don’t remember our own birth and we don’t know when we will die, so we try to stave off the anxiety of our mortality. In the laze of light at the end of day, sometimes I remember. The sated moments are never accolades, but rather moments of…

What is Truth?

After Solzhenitsyn was stripped of his Soviet citizenship in the seventies, he wrote a parting letter, “Live Not by Lies”, to the intelligentsia admonishing them not to participate in or support a lie. He wrote, “In our country, the daily lie is not the whim of corrupt nature, but a mode of existence, a condition…

Leader, Is Your Soul Healthy?

“Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2 As a leader, you rarely get a hiatus. At times you are hounded, pounded, and dumbfounded, so you must make a daily choice to be astounded by God’s goodness and grace. You…

How do We Overcome Weariness?

I’ve been thinking about weariness and its cure. I enjoy thriving (who doesn’t?), yet I am continually compelled to pioneer in dark places. When Christine Caine spoke at the Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis and the Christian Response a few days ago, she said, “We run TO the darkness. We should be God’s search…

The Soviet-Era Elevator, the Sum of all Fears, and the Solution

Everywhere I’ve traveled recently, adversity has been knocking on people’s doors and camping out. Or it’s hitting close to home when shootings occur in strip malls and movie theatres, racial tensions mount in our cities, and in war-torn places people have to leave their homes or send off loved ones to fight. In addition, we…

On Suffering and Hope: Boston Bombings on Israel’s Day of Remembrance

At the finish line of a marathon, vulnerability and personal achievement mingle with sweat, tears and embraces. The culmination of a race affirms life. Many marathoners exemplified this by raising funds to donate to worthy causes. In this life-affirming setting, we were reminded once again that evil raises its ugly head in the most unwelcome moments. In…

In Loving Pursuit

  “Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.” -Victor Hugo How would you make your spouse fall in love with you again if they could not remember you?  Or, more commonly, if they could not forget a time of great difficulty?  “The Vow” is a film loosely based on the true story…

Comfort and Joy

Telling stories breathes life into them, forming habitations in our minds and hearts built with words.  I remember as Christmas approached during my early childhood we would deck the halls, then my father would lift me into his arms and carry me around to see the dazzling ornaments, especially the ones too high for me…

One Resolution: Faith in a Faithful God

As we celebrated the New Year at Maidan (Independence Square) in Kiev with thousands of jubilant people I thought if the euphoric hope for a better year could be bottled and sold on grim days it would significantly boost the economy. But wishes and good cheer do not lead to improvement. After the countdown to…

Rehearsing Goodness

God, it’s gorgeous. I see the flowering pink and white trees outside my second-story window, the glint of sun in the billowy clouds juxtaposed to the darkness of an impending spring shower. Just a few weeks before we leave this house in the woods outside Kiev, I look at my surroundings with fresh appreciation. Change….

Not Giving Up: The Hope of Calling

The Hope of Calling Can you imagine a symphony orchestra without a conductor? A team without a coach? A book without an author? Or, God forbid, a wedding without a groom? When someone pursues calling and purpose in life without acknowledging a “Caller”, the attempt is futile. One popular author who does not mention God…

Not Giving Up: The Power of Relationship

The Power of Relationship I don’t have statistics, but people don’t usually implode or explode and take a dramatic exit stage left in life when they are vitally connected and embraced in loving, affirming, life-giving relationships. But when you try to believe you have great worth against overwhelming life experience to the contrary, you become…