Scandalous

Scandalous

It seems like a good day to repost this. I got caught shoplifting when I was 18 years old. I know, I know.  REALLY late bloomer.  The security guard’s cold hand clenched my left wrist as I attempted to leave the store without paying for the pair of jeans that hid in my bag.  The crime took place in a Hudson’s department store in 1980 in a middle-class suburb of Detroit and my exposure to crime up to this point had been, oh, nil.  Actually, I was acting on the pressure of a certain girl-not-friend who aggressively befriended me after high school, so I went along for the ride.  Her dad was a Cadillac executive and I learned that she desperately needed friends and attention, which she habitually got by pulling daring and rebellious stunts like shoplifting...

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How Fashionable Are Your Scales?

How Fashionable Are Your Scales?

We all have ‘em. We have lots of them and they are blocking our view. They block a clear view of our parents, our business situations, our finances, our children, our miraculous spouses and ourselves. We have scales on our eyes. Important aspects of understanding and knowledge; grace and compassion, even intelligence. All distorted because we have scales. Some people have scales large enough to block other people’s view, too. (Those are the scariest.) Saul’s scales must have cracked the pavement. Some of the scales I had on my 30 year old eyes were so solidly fixed that they made their own room with lounge chairs and recliners. I made fashionable window dressings for them.  They looked great!  And I was so right… about everything. Now, daily, I...

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Another Wild Ride

Another Wild Ride

Yehaaaaa!  Roller Coasters got nothin’ on 2011.  Good thing we love the ride and trust its maker with our life! Three family passings, and moment-by-moment opportunities to turn over our fear to our loving and creative God.  I don’t know where I’d find peace – as a parent of a traveling, far-away college athlete, a beautiful 13 year old who’s still ricocheting with cultural discernment, a six year old who is safety-averse and thinks he can fly; an armload of unknowns about our career futures, risky opportunities and heavy callings. How can anyone make sense of getting out of bed if we don’t have God’s hand lifting us up!?  As it is, with His help, the prospect of beginning a new day – a new year – is positively exciting. We are reading John...

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Scandalous

Scandalous

I got caught shoplifting when I was 18 years old. I know, I know.  REALLY late-bloomer.  The security guard’s cold hand clenched my left wrist as I attempted to leave the store without paying for the pair of jeans that hid in my bag.  The crime took place in a Hudson’s department store in 1980 in a middle-class suburb of Detroit and my exposure to crime up to this point had been, oh, nil.  Actually, I was acting on the pressure of a certain girl-not-friend who befriended me after high school, more than out of my own motivation.  Her dad was a Cadillac executive and I learned that she desperately needed friends and attention, which she habitually got by pulling daring and rebellious stunts like shoplifting and smoking.  Up to this point in my life, I was...

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