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“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Elaeagnus

 by Macy Johnson


“But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came

and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.”

(Matthew 13:25 NIV)

 

While camping recently at High Falls State Park in Georgia, my husband and I hiked the Tranquility Trail. For Jeff, it was anything but tranquil. Around every bend in the path he pointed out invasive plants. “Elaeagnus are everywhere,” he noted. Later that afternoon he reported his findings to the park office and met with a grounds employee to discuss. Jeff does not take his calling as Master Gardener lightly.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

When Tragedy Strikes

 by Macy Johnson


“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

(John 16:33 NIV)

 

What is a tragedy? What may be catastrophic for one person could be a walk in the park for another.

 

I recently mourned the sudden death of two friends. One was a fellow musician and the other a bridge partner. In one sense their deaths were tragic, but in another I rejoiced for them at the thought of seeing Jesus face-to-face!

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Words of Life

by Macy Johnson


“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”

(John 1:14 NIV)

 

Frances Havergal (1836-1879) composed the words to the hymn, “Lord, Speak to Me.” She commented, “If I am to write to any good, a great deal of living must go to a very little writing. Every word comes from God. He speaks to us so we may speak to others.” Frederick Buechner, a Presbyterian minister, wrote, “Jesus didn’t come to merely speak words that were true. He is the Word that makes us true.” “Wonderful Words of Life” was composed by Philip P. Bliss in the late 1800’s. He wrote, “Christ, the blessed one, gives to all wonderful words of life, wooing us to heaven.”

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Keep Watch

 by Macy Johnson


“Therefore keep watch,

because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

(Matthew 24:42 NIV)

 

My husband, Jeff, and I recently watched “The Tomorrow War” on Amazon Prime Video. Young soldiers suddenly appeared from thirty years into the future to ask their parents to help them fight a war against alien invaders. Citizens, destined to die before the war even began, were drafted and sent into battle with weapons and minimal combat training. It was a doomed endeavor.