“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” (Luke 5:12-13)

Growing up in my household, like all other homes, we had rules, boundaries not to be crossed, and infractions that were subject to parental correction of various kinds. Certainly for the more major infractions there was spanking or the penultimate: “Wait till you father gets home!” In the immediate aftermath of such moments, while there might be the momentary, “this is unfair” coupled with thoughts of “No one loves me” and plans to run away, but by-in-large we truly never doubted we were loved. Continue reading

On our best days

Last year, on a Delta airlines flight from Phoenix, a tragedy occurred. During the flight, one of the passengers suffered a heart attack. His wife called out for help. The trained flight crew responded as did a passenger who was a doctor. Another passenger attended to the passenger’s wife. He offered to pray with her, to pray for her husband, and he stayed with her as the tragedy unfolded. He stayed with her as life hung in the balance. He left the plane with her and collected her luggage. He carried their luggage to the car that was waiting for him and took the woman to the hospital. He stayed with her as a doctor broke the news that her husband had died. Continue reading