Wondering

Have you ever wondered about the word wonder? Probably not. We race to the dictionary to understand words we do not understand, but I doubt that you have ever looked up the word wonder. You didn’t have to look it up. You’ve known it and used it all your life. I doubt that you have…

Recipe and Bible Study: Wing It!

Use mealtime (and snack time) as a chance to give thanks to the Creator for providing nourishing food and a time of communion with those you love. As you read this recipe, take the opportunity to finish this thought: “Lord, today I give thanks for…” Take the time to your fill your heart with gratitude…

Preview: Winter 2019-20

Advent is almost here! Christmas is coming! That also means it’s time for a brand new issue of Christian Living in the Mature Years magazine. Here is what you can expect in your mailbox with the Winter 2019-20 issue: Go behind the music with “Hymn Stories That Inspire.” Cultivate a “Gratitude Attitude” in time for the holidays….

Family Is Family

Christopher and Christina Sanders demonstrate what a created and chosen family looks like. They already had five biological children, but the Ohio couple decided to adopt six siblings who wanted to stay together. Christopher says, “Family is family. . . . No one wants to be separated from their family.” Christina says, “All my children’s…

A Mirror of God’s Love

Luther Younger, who is 99 years old, walks six miles every day to visit his wife, Waverlee, in a Rochester hospital. She has suffered from a brain tumor for nine years. Luther could wait for a ride or take the bus, but he says, “I got a wife. I don’t want to wait on the…

What does God look like?

Last year, an illustrator talked with a group of children about what they imagine God looks like. The children gave varied, and often humorous, descriptions of God’s physical appearance, and the illustrator drew what they described, asking them questions along the way for clarity. One child said that God has a frog’s body with a…

Baseball’s Shared Language

It’s an interesting time for sports. Hockey season is off and running. Football is halfway through the season. This morning’s newspaper announced the annual basketball media event for the new season. Soccer is so universally played it seems to be an “all season” gala. But even so, the All-American Pastime of baseball is about to…

Jubilee

The majority of bankruptcies in the United States involves medical debt. Approximately “17 percent of all adults in America struggle to pay their medical bills.”1 RIP Medical Debt is a non-profit organization that “locates, buys and forgives medical debt.”2 According to RIP Medical Debt, “The situation is critical for many of us. We all know…

This Is Important

“And every day,” author Iain S. Thomas wrote, “the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, ‘This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!’ And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart…

A Powerful and Gracious God

The Creation accounts and early interactions of God and God’s people are striking. God simply spoke, and the world came into being. God put into place the sun, the moon, and an awe-inspiring array of stars and planets. God dug into earth’s topsoil; formed the first human; and breathed into his nostrils, bringing him to…