40 Days: Day 29

While reading the Torah portion Ki Tavo last week a verse jumped out at me: Nevertheless, to this day YHVH has not given you a heart to understand, eyes to see or ears to hear! Deuteronomy 29:3(4) CJB Moses is speaking to all Israel reminding them of the great things …

40 Days: Day 27

The elementary school in our neighborhood afflicted me with considerable distress yesterday. It was a field day for the children – a day of fun and games outside. Fun and games for them, that is, but annoyance for me. They started at 8:00 in the morning, precisely the time I …

40 Days: Day 26

I was pondering the story of Nicholas Winton, a Briton who quietly saved 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia just as WWII was starting. In all actuality, it was only after his wife found a scrapbook in the attic of their home in 1988 of names, pictures, and documents, that …

40 Days: Day 25

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul is talking about a specific category of people when he says, “Besides that, they learn to be idle, going around from house to house; and not only idle, but gossips and busybodies, saying things they shouldn’t.” (1 Timothy 5:13, CJB) Nevertheless, the principle …

40 Days: Day 21

“It’s only natural.” How easy it is to use this simple phrase to excuse bad behavior. But as children of YHVH, we are called to transcend, even forsake, natural human reactions and predilections. We should be careful not to allow “natural tendencies” to govern our interactions with others. I am …

40 Days: Day 19

During my time in graduate school, I was required to take a multicultural education class. African American History month was upon us and we were required to attend an event with a list of speakers. Each event we were asked to journal about the experience. There were several speakers and …