THREE PRAYERS FOR PEOPLE IN PROCESS

Jesus used at least three prominent figures to describe the believing life as an on going work of God’s grace in our lives—the journey, the new birth, the vine and its branches.  Here are three prayers for people in process that express the longings of my heart.  Perhaps of yours too. Master, thank you for noticing me when you passed my way.  Merely that—what a miracle!  Then, for you to call me, pull me to my feet, welcome me in your following . . . wow! I would not dare to request more, if you had not urged me to ask.  So, keep me on the way with you, alert me to the potholes and the slippery slopes along the …

Abscess, Root Canal and Lessons from the Pain

Recently I had as miserable a week as any I can recall. One night I woke up to a dull throb under a large molar on the bottom left side. Dull became acute; the molar shared its pain with the whole jaw, then cheek, eye, temple, and soon the entire left side of my head. In one week I was host to the natural birth, nasty childhood, rebellious adolescence, sociopath adulthood of a monster abscess. For its egregious crimes against the human, the abscess was put to death by root canal. After more than a week a whole night’s rest felt heavenly. It is, however, not a week to forget. As I remember and wince over this painful time, I …