Merry Christmas From Morning Walk

When deepest darkness hides the soul, that only knows to mourn A far off light Isaiah holds, a child is to be born To shepherds, mother and a priest, the angels first proclaim The glory of his majesties, and “Do not be afraid”   A silence of four hundred years, the people did endure Past echoes of messiah near, his prophecies assure The psalmist utters painful sighs, how long, how long, O Lord? In manger does a baby cry, our hope is now restored   A grief amidst the watching wait, redeemer do they seek In temple Anna fasts and … Continue reading “Merry Christmas From Morning Walk”

Addressing the Allowance of Evil

How can a good God allow evil? Here is a place where philosophy shifts its focus to the practical. How do we make sense of the suffering all around us, and is the suffering consistent with the existence of a good God? The problem of evil is that if God is all-knowing, all-powerful and all good, as envisioned by classical theism, then how did he create a world with so many qualities of misery? The argument from evil grows beyond that to claim that such a God with the presence of evil is irreconcilable and therefore, the existence of evil … Continue reading “Addressing the Allowance of Evil”

Small Graces for Great Glory

Something I have been learning about is the magic of ordinary days. God has a way of making small things, things we see as mundane, quite beautiful. He has been teaching me how important it is to live in holiness and happiness in every small moment of our lives. As we thank him for our meals, we see that he chose to make sweet raspberries with their bitter seeds to thrill our palates, and that he made vegetables such a dazzling array of colours from the golden of a pineapple to the deep purple of an eggplant. The stars that … Continue reading “Small Graces for Great Glory”

On God’s Hiddenness

The existence of God is not obvious. We often feel that we ought to encounter God himself—or at least tangible, overt evidence—if he truly exists. Many ask why God does not make himself more clearly known. Could he not write a message in the sky, or speak as an answer to prayer, or come like a thunderclap to display his power? In the midst of great trial even a Christian often feels, “a door slammed in your face […] After that, silence” rather than a reassuring presence of God. [1] It is a question I sympathize deeply with. I do … Continue reading “On God’s Hiddenness”

A Subhuman Creature

“The subhuman is a biological creature, crafted by nature, which has hands, legs, eyes and mouth, even the semblance of a brain. Nevertheless, this terrible creature is only a partial human being. Although it has features similar to a human, the subhuman is lower on the spiritual and psychological scale than any animal.” [1] Such is the state of the human fetus. It has human features like a face and eyes and even a forming brain, but it is just a clump of tissue, with no rights or value to call its own. It can be discarded through medication or … Continue reading “A Subhuman Creature”

Humility and Humiliation

Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling; naked, come to thee for dress; helpless, look to thee for grace; foul, I to the fountain fly; wash me, Savior, or I die. The words of the hymn Rock of Ages characterize a humility born from an awareness of sin, who we are before a holy God, and a complete dependence on him. Repenting from sin, recognizing that we have been playing God in our own lives and turning back to him, naturally necessitates a posture of meekness. There is a pattern of mourning over our actions … Continue reading “Humility and Humiliation”