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Unwrinkled

Then—Wrinkled clothes were ironed with steam and wrinkled faces were esteemed with honor. Polyester and perma-press aided the battle with wrinkles and creases. By contrast, wrinkled skin was respected, regarded as an indication of wisdom. Now—Clothes are worn wrinkled...

Uncomplicated

Then—a handshake, a witness, perhaps a few lines scribbled and signed. It was a time when one’s word was trusted, reputation respected, and name honored.   Now—triplicate forms, notarization, and legal counsel. We’ve been painfully schooled by dishonest motives and...

A New Heaven & Earth

We find breathtaking beauty in our amazing world. When we watch the sun set, hear waves roar and crash, smell pungent pines and light floral scents, feel the softness of a newborn’s skin and the silkiness of their hair, savor the sweetness of a juicy orange or...

A New Command: Love

What’s new (beside the year)? The law, a set of rules impossible to keep, no longer keeps us from the Father’s presence—love has opened the way. Love from the Father in sacrificing His Son, love from the Son in submitting to death, love from the Spirit in enabling us...

A New Unity

What’s new (beside the year)? There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:28 The Bible speaks of a new unity between Jews and Greeks—two people groups who become one in faith, thereby "making peace” and...

A New Song

What’s new (beside the year)? A new song! Despite the Teacher’s proclamation in Ecclesiastes that life is meaningless, that is only true of those who live solely for this brief time on earth. Those who know God have a new life (last week’s post) and a new song. This...

I’m New!

When something is made new, it’s already in existence but has been given new life, an overhaul, a fresh beginning. However, there’s no newness like our newness when God takes over our lives and makes us new creations. Unlike any other newness, ours never grows old....

What’s new (beside the year)?

The alarm sounds, I moan and hit snooze. Gradually my mind awakens and sleepy thoughts refresh themselves faster than I do. Hazy recall of opposing sides (which can both sound really right!) buzzes in my brain. The world, the pundits, the news feeds have not slept...

My word for the year

Last week I promised I’d share my word for 2021 and I’ve been squirming ever since. I’m so uncomfortable with it I tried to change it. Ready? It’s Laugh. Those who know me best realize this is quite a stretch for a serious-minded woman so I must explain. The craziness...