Category Archive for: ‘Chris’ Corner’
Chris’s Story. One evening, Carl and I and some close friends took the light-rail train to downtown Denver. Soon we were strolling down the busy cobblestone streets, chatting and laughing on the way to our favorite restaurant. While our hearts were united in conversation about …Read More
In a few days we will be celebrating Easter. Happy Easter to all of you. Christ has risen! Truly he has risen! As I reflect back over past Easters my heart is stirred and my mind recalls quite a few images and impressions that left indelible marks upon my heart. I grew up going to a Greek Orthodox Church and Easter was the biggest celebration in the church.Read More
I was just thinking about the Lord’s goodness and His amazing love. When I reflect back to my travels into the Holy Land for the first time about a year ago, indelible images come into my mind. I hope that one day you could have the chance to travel there. Imagining Jesus walking around with his disciples or him retreating alone into the hills to pray which are covered with olive groves, was my favorite part. I also love picturing Jesus sitting by the Sea of Galilee breathing in the serene aroma unlike the religious and political tensions that permeate the walls of Jerusalem.
While spending time in Bethlehem, we visited the Church of the Nativity. This is a huge tourist stop because it is a place where people come to bring honor and thankful hearts to our Savior. However, my heart was stirred when we were at the Shepherd’s Field. It is here they believe the shepherds saw the angel the night of Jesus’ birth. The fields are just right outside of Bethlehem. When the guide started talking I was left with a beautiful image that still encourages me to this day. He began by telling us that when a little lamb goes astray the shepherd injures the leg of this little lamb and puts this little wooly creature on his shoulders. As time goes by the little lamb hears the voice of the shepherd constantly while in a safe place and in time the little lamb’s leg is healed. When this small little creature is put down he joins the others but he no longer strays because he knows the voice of the shepherd. It made me think of all the times when I faced some difficulties in my life. I can be kind of stubborn and want to do things my way and I get myself into a real mess! Then when I finally give up and start reading God’s Word His voice encourages me and I feel safe as if I’m being carried on His shoulders.Read More
The other day when I was driving to the post office, there was a young guy on a motorcycle in front of me with a Hell’s Angel jacket on. Right away, my mind thought of John, the beloved disciple. You are probably thinking – Huh!? As you recall, John and his brother James were referred to as Sons of Thunder. I love this because it reminds me that Jesus didn’t choose people to follow him who were completely refined, but he chose people who were willing.Read More
Our oldest has left the nest and is learning to fly as she begins her first year at Taylor University. She is attending the university that I went to so that is quite exciting. Since Taylor is located in Indiana and she is a girl with a lot of stuff, we loaded the car and took off for a nineteen hour long journey. We arrived five days early because she received a cultural diversity scholarship which is part of the international student program. I was invited to be part of the program and it was an amazing time. I would like to share with you some of the emotions I experienced while walking around the campus. It took me back to my initial days of arriving on the same campus thirty years ago.Read More