Making Friends

“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Proverbs 12:26 “I don’t have any human friends,” Journie said to me mournfully the other day. “What do you mean?” I said. “You have Mommy and Daddy and Ate M (the daughter of a pastoral couple who just graduated from…

Oh, the Games People Play

“I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless.  “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” Ecclesiastes 2:1-2 We’re near the end of the lockdown (hopefully). Here are some ways we’ve been passing the time: Making…

Living La Vida Lockdown

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,  to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” Titus 3: 1-2 Our building’s total lockdown was lifted 2 days early on April 28. We rushed out…

Love in the time of Covid-19

  “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts,…

Lockdown!

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4 Well, the coronavirus finally hit home. Literally. They locked down our…

The New Normal

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as His children. For what children are not disciplined by their Father?” Hebrews 12:7 Recently, the Philippines extended its lockdown, from April 14 (15 or 16, depending on what sources you read) to April 30. Sigh. I didn’t really think the lockdown would lift by April 14,…