It could have been a typical Fourth of July celebration with food, friends and fireworks. But when the host made a special request before the meal, a memorable moment happened, one filled with gratitude.
Spiritual Life writer Rev. Tim Ledbetter illustrates giving others a boost in life through his story of helping his daughter learn to ride a bicycle. He points to a biblical story where an older couple helped advance the tradition of faith.
The very first blooms from the backyard rose garden were very special to Wanda Anderson, evoking memories of her childhood. But when her husband handed off the first bouquet to someone else, the spring morning took a turn in an unexpected way.
Spiritual Life writer Micah Smith relates the story of his U.S. Marine Corps "superhero" friend who was awarded the Silver Star. This courageous soldier, supported by his faith in God, is echoed by "superheroes" in the Bible. All demonstrate our need for faith in a faithful God on life's battlefield.
Spiritual Life writer Rev. Jan Griffin talks openly about suddenly becoming her sister's caretaker and the feeling of being overburdened by the situation. Where once the idea of changing a "have to" into a "get to" seemed a simple way to turn a burden into a blessing, Griffin now found it impossible — until she discovered God's mercy.
Spiritual Life writer Rev. Liv Gibbons tells about the task of choosing a tree for her yard that not only appears lovely in spring, but in winter as well. She then compares the seasons of a tree with the seasons of life, helping us see how God cares for us through even the most difficult.
Spiritual Life writer Rev. Micah Smith recalls an embarrassing event that took place on a trail run. He compares the incident to life and how we are at times, "caught with our pants down" as were the man and woman caught in a disgraceful situation in John 8. But when we are "found out" and then come to Jesus, there is grace, forgiveness and mercy.
Spiritual Life writer Evan Mehlenbacher provides a different approach to concerns with government officials. He illustrates the power of prayer with a personal example as well as providing an exhortation from the Apostle Paul. Through prayer, Mehlenbacher believes we can support good government.
When 28-year-old Sean McClintock stepped from his family’s car to take a quick skateboard ride down the steep hill, little did he realize how different his life would be before the evening ended. A traumatic brain injury survivor, this young man is a sports helmet advocate and on a path to find his destiny.
Spiritual Life writer Onie Mision brings a new storyline to Jesus’ resurrection through the perspective of Fr. Richard Rohr. Mision points to the idea that Jesus was not a victim nor did he create any victims in retaliation for his crucifixion. Following that line of thought, she encourages us to die to our false self of victimhood.
Spiritual Life writer Melvin Adams applies scientific teaching about nature to the concept of a cosmic Easter that includes the Earth and beyond. His poem appeared first in print at Northwest Protestant Church in Richland.
Lucy Luginbill writes about a Colorado man who overcame drug and alcohol addiction by turning to God. His life turned around while walking his dog across a frosty field, and he had his ‘burning bush’ moment.