The valley of dry bones remains one of the most desperate and dreadful images of the Old Testament. It is a place of great loneliness and despair, overwhelming sadness and grief – where hope has no foothold. In the times and places where we find ourselves in a valley of dry bones, the late Henri Nouwen reminds us how important it is to lift our voice and counter what others are telling us is true. In the Name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit calls us to say “No” to every form of despair.
Where’s the Boss? Luke 24:44-53 and Acts 1:1-11 Imagine for a moment that you are climbing the Mount of Olives. As you near the top, you turn around and look across the valley from which you’ve just climbed. On the other side of the valley is another hill, and there at the top of it […]
What Wondrous Love Is This? John 15:1-8 Eric and I love to visit vineyards when we travel. We spent our honeymoon in Napa Valley driving between vineyards and sampling the fruit of the vine. Visiting family in Germany, we sailed down the Mosel River taking in terraced hillsides. While attending a friend’s wedding in Detroit […]