Remembering the Saints

Remembering the Saints

I grew up in Presbyterian churches with very little observance of the liturgical year. Sure, there was Advent, Christmas, and Easter, but that was about it. As I grew older, I was exposed to the liturgical year in churches I attended. I came to love it. In my harried life, it grounds me. Although I am once again in a church that is not particularly liturgical, I still observe and celebrate the seasons on my own.

Count your Blessings

Count your Blessings

“Our pencils are our friends—we keep them till the end.” This cheer was given by a group of primary students in the film, The First Grader produced by National Geographic Entertainment, BBC Films, and UK Film Council in 2010. The primary school, in a remote area in the Kenyan bush, expected its students to come to school in a uniform, with two writing books and a sharp pencil. This was a hardship for some.[i]

Who do you Praise?

Who do you Praise?

My desires, my priories, and my agenda have so often gotten in the way of giving God the praise and thanksgiving he so greatly deserves. He gives us a love greater than anything I could ever offer.

God takes pleasure in praise and thanksgiving. He asks for it. Isaiah 43:21 states, “The people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.” Hebrews 13:15 confirms it, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.” And the Psalms are filled with it.