God’s Provision

October 13: Harvest Thanksgiving

"The Harvest of Hay in Eragny" by Camille Pissarro, 1887

More than a holiday: What we usually think of as “Thanksgiving” is a holiday peculiar to the U.S. and Canada. It calls to mind the gratitude of Protestant colonizers for the blessings of the harvest as they forged new lives in a new land. But there is more to the heart of the holiday than a full belly. Thanksgiving acknowledges that we are dependent on the land to yield food. But it further acknowledges that God is sovereign over theRead more

Waterfalls

Goðafoss Waterfall in Iceland

What is it about flowing water that we love so much? A waterfall is a simple thing. It happens where a stream or river flows to a point where there is a vertical drop in its course. And yet, this simple phenomenon – which occurs throughout the world in ways both modest and spectacular – never fails to delight us. Water is precious and it is necessary to life. Flowing water in particular is a sign of freshness and purity.Read more

Enough

Statue set of musical nuns

An ancient nun’s musings: One day while I was visiting a convent, one of the very ancient nuns approached me in her wheelchair and struck up a casual conversation. When I asked her how she was, she gave me this curious answer: “Well, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to have enough.” At the time her statement struck me as absurd. Here was a woman who had decades earlier taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.Read more