(Street) Light and Shadow

The view out our front window during the Snowpocalypse of '21 Just as Covid swept in and locked us all down in March of 2020, my oldest daughter and I started a new routine:  going for a run 3 days a week.  We’ve kept up with it through Spring, Summer, Fall and most of Winter …

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Lord, Have Mercy

“What did you just say?” My friend looked at me from the passenger seat, leaning forward for emphasis, as he asked the question again: “WHAT did you just say?” We were riding together and I was driving in my then-typical road-rage-at-all-times manner. When a driver in front of me failed to go as fast as …

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Frog in the Kettle

(Note: the pic above was commissioned just for this piece by my oldest daughter. Couldn't be prouder of that kid!) “You’re just like a frog in a kettle...swimming around in the water, not realizing the heat is being turned up on ya slowly.” An old friend of mine used to say this to me every …

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The Oddity of Easter 2020

We were going to get up and watch the sunrise this morning, my wife and I. In 22+ years of marriage we have never seen an Easter sunrise together, so we thought catching one would be a nice way to start the day. However, Oklahoma being Oklahoma, about 15 minutes before sunrise, thunder rolled loudly …

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Learning to Forgive

A couple weekends ago I had one of those experiences where things line up in such a way you have to either discount it altogether as coincidence, or realize the Holy Spirit is trying to get your attention. I choose to believe it’s the latter. I’ve been reading the book “Coming Clean” by Seth Haines. …

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With a Little Help from My Friends

“I feel like a heretic for saying this,” I told my friend, “but I feel I saw Jesus more in our community last year than I did in scripture.” As the words came out of my mouth, I forced a sideways smile to try and hide the guilt I felt inside for even thinking such …

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Punching Back the Darkness

I remember Christmas Eve candlelight services when I was a kid, when the room would go dark, and I couldn’t see the face of my brother or sisters next to me. Down front, there was one single tiny flame, one candle, flickering in the eerie darkness. Slowly, one candle at a time, the light of …

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