It Never Gets Dark in Heaven

As a child, were you afraid of the dark? Have you ever feared what is to come once you close your eyes forever?

For most of us, my guess is, the answer to both is yes.

Fear takes many forms, all of them dark. Continue reading

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Scribes Playlist — Alive Again

Scribe's PlaylistI’ve searched through my playlists for a song to match the theme of the wonderful video posted here on Tuesday. Several themes stood out to me after watching it, and I finally settle upon one: if we truly long for God’s presence, He will break through any darkness we allow in our lives to reach us, sometimes in startling ways.

With that in mind, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

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Scribe’s Playlist — In Jesus’ Name

Earlier this week, I posted the story of how a friend’s decision to text me the hilarious name of a pastry late at night saved my life. The truth is, as funny as that name was, she would never ordinarily send it to me at 1:00 a.m.

Because we pray for each other daily, her heart was open to hear the whisper-soft prompting of God. Thus, though I am thankful for her quirky sense of humor and cool head in the midst of an emergency, it was God’s perfectly timed nudge that saved me. Even before we knew anything was wrong, His hand was protecting me.

So, in thanks to Him, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

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Scribe’s Playlist — Sunrise

Throughout this adventure story of life, I have often wished the Author of the tale would write me an easier chapter. But, in learning to trust Him, who knows the end from the beginning, I’ve been permitted to flip back through the pages and discover the truth hidden in the plot. The darkest scenes were the ones in which His Light was hardest at work.

Why? Because in them is proven the brilliance of His authorship and the power of His Words. My life’s story may not be an easy tale, but the greatest of all wordsmiths is constantly revising and perfecting it into a riveting masterpiece.

With that in mind, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

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A dark day or Light at work?

The following was recently posted on Facebook. To the author, whose identity I don’t know, thank you for this beautiful insight into God’s behind-the-scenes work in our lives. How often are the shadows in our days actually evidence of His Light at work? Continue reading

Storm Light

Cloud_in_the_sunlightHave you ever looked closely at a rainbow? Or been mesmerized by the vivid colors of sunlight edging or poking through a storm cloud? A few rays of light can turn the darkest thunderhead into an amazing work of art.

Just as God’s Light can transform the storms in our lives into works of beauty and brilliance.

Cliché? Maybe. Still, no less true.

Okay, but how? Continue reading

Graduating or Growing Dim?

‘Tis the season for diplomas, cardboard caps, and “Pomp and Circumstance”. At least eight of my friends and family members are graduating from High school or college this month.

Recently, I’ve felt a deep longing to graduate too. Not from an academic institution, but to new levels in my faith and in the craft of writing.  Continue reading

Getting Noticed

Exposure: 1. presentation to view, especially in an open or public manner. 2. appearance or presentation before the public, as in theater, on television, or in films. 3. (in photography) the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate, multiplied by the time for which it is exposed.

I was having dinner with friends and family last night, when the conversation turned to blogging and the internet. We discussed the challenge of finding new, meaningful subjects for online conversation. One of my companions said something that really made me stop and think.

“Getting noticed isn’t about talent or doing something people like. It’s about doing something that causes an extreme reaction.”  Continue reading

Scribe’s Playlist: Learning to Be the Light

A dark object may block a beam of light, but let that light find the tiniest opening and…Wow! The beam breaks through to spread wider and cover more ground than it did before encountering the obstacle!

Same goes for us, when we allow God’s Light to shine through us despite past, circumstance, or even other people trying to get in the way.

Check out yesterday’s post on diffraction for more. While you’re at it, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

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Diffraction: #4 Jesus’ Light In Action

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to this series: Jesus’ Light In Action. For those unfamiliar with this group of posts: in it, I delve into the properties and workings of natural light to gain insight into how Jesus’ love and power are manifested in our lives.

The Bible repeatedly refers to God (and Jesus in particular) as the Light of the World.

A few days ago, I was researching the concept of diffraction to determine whether it was a phenomenon I could use in my sequel. What I learned reminded me of a question I’ve often pondered.

Why do Christians who come through dark places before finding the joy of God often seem more “on fire” for God than those of us who grew up in the faith?  Continue reading