“On the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Jesus Of all the things I may regret, my spoken words are probably at the top of the list. We all say things at times we wish we could take back, and those words could quite possibly change the course of a life. And of all the things I remember, the spoken word – whether kind or harsh, comes to my mind the most. It’s personal. We easily forget what we read in […]
Have you ever met someone, perhaps a stranger in passing, who seemed a little out of character? It is most striking to me when I see someone who does not respond to a situation in the usual way we expect human nature to respond – whether it is by fear or surprise or curiosity. There will be something a little different about the person; something you can’t quite put your finger on, yet there is also a certain attractiveness to them. I imagine when Jesus walked on the earth, people had a similar reaction to him. Crowds followed him everywhere; people yearned to be close to him. You […]
I held the small baby in my arms, only ten weeks old at the time. Sitting on the edge of the bed in my son’s nursery on that fateful night, I asked God for advice. I was returning to work the next morning and I knew nothing would be the same again. What am I to do? I am sure every new mother has asked that question at least once. But God’s response to me that night was puzzling. My inner voice immediately seemed to say, “Preserve the family”. What did that mean? I was young and newly married, and had this wonderful new addition to […]
The musical group, Train, always makes me smile. Their songs have that nostalgic, feel-good feeling mixed in with a little hope and inspiration. I ran across one of their older songs on my running journey today – a song called “Calling All Angels” from 2003. Ten years later, the song is still relevant, perhaps even more so today. The lead singer for the band is Patrick Monahan. His unique sound and onstage presence of a messy-haired, slightly awkward little kid makes you want to root for him even more. His songs invoke memories and hope. This particular song begins with those familiar words, “I need a sign…” As I began to listen to the song […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.