God’s Divine Margin

Ever-Increasing Light Marking Jewish Themes with Devotion Sabbaths, Feasts, and More “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippian 4:6-7)….

Focused

“I close my eyes in order to see.” ~ Paul Gauguin, painter We are trained from an early age to close our eyes during prayer. This ritual/habit probably began with the idea of reverence for God — and shutting out the world and all immediate distraction in order to focus on the one who hears…

Zero Agenda

For the few remaining devoted readers of  “culture vs content,” I apologize for being such a bad blogger over the last few months. To say my life has been busy would be an understatement. I am not complaining. It has been fun, at times frustrating and utterly exhausting, and never boring. The last two and…

Pray for Peace

So many wonderful attributes draw people from all over the world to Jerusalem. The beauty of the stones alone are remarkable… Unfortunately over the years, tension in the Old City has escalated. It’s just not the same place it was a couple of decades ago when I was single and living on a kibbutz. I…

Every Man’s Prayer

  There is an email rumor circulating (I myself have received it a number of times in the past week.) It says that Paul Harvey aired the text of a prayer by Billy Graham and received the largest response ever.  You’ll find facts about the story here. The prayer actually happened in the Kansas House (not Senate) in Topeka on January 23, 1996….

Bruised Reed

Bruised Reed Hollow face pressing desperate upon stones built by Herod. Grief lines penetrating fragile bones, tear stains etching cold outlines. Bruise reed, shivering upon the wall, cast your wound into the sea’s deepest part, salve in its forgiving depths. Justice slept in your seed and awoke to plane the unequal surface level.  

What Happened to that Little Girl?

Last evening, we ate dinner with a lovely Italian family from our church. I especially say Italian, because they are proud of their ethnicity; and I am fascinated by it as well. We have known them for many years. They have five bright children; and their parents, in their 80’s, live with them a few months…

Compelling Trivia from Washington DC

On June 6, 1977, TIME magazine ran this article, Arthur Burns: Born Again at 73.  I think this bit of trivia about Arthur Burns should be interesting to Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and politicians alike. Arthur Burns, a Jewish economist of great influence in Washington during the tenure of several Presidents, was once asked to pray at a gathering…

Dad’s ‘Last Hour’

There is no change in Dad’s condition. He remains in a vegetative, non-responsive state. From time to time, he runs a fever and his breathing and pulse are labored. They say he is not in pain. We must just wait and pray. My husband had some thoughts to contribute today to my blog as we journey…