• Dealing with Disappointment by Richard Gammill

    Kris Lackey thought he had hurricane-proofed his manuscripts. An English professor at the University of New Orleans, he had saved his fiction and papers (including his half-finished novel) via flash drive, diskette, and hard copy. But as Hurricane Katrina swept in, the murky waters rose fast, forcing him to evacuate his home. He left his papers and computer equipment behind. He put them in high places, on tables and bookshelves well out of harm's way—so he thought. He did not expect the 11 feet…

  • Living Waters That Never Run Dry by Jan Davis

    Psalm 23:2 - "He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters." John 4:10 - "Jesus answered and said unto her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water." John 7:38 - "He that believes on me, as the scripture have said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." This fall, we had the opportunity to take several ATV rides, hikes and road trips near ou…

  • I don't hurt anymore, Mama by Jan Davis

    I woke from an unsettling dream. Chad, my youngest nephew, died several years ago from cancer. In the dream, Chad laid in a coffin. We all stood around him and mourned his death. His eyes opened. Chad looked at the bruised area on his arm from the IV site. “I don’t hurt anymore, Mama!” My sister, Donna, broke into tears. Donna also dreamed about Chad. She stood spellbound as he ran through the tall grasses and flowers in heaven. No longer attached to IVs, his arms waved in the air as he leaped w…

  • Palm Branches Replaced with Crowns by Jan Davis

    Along the dusty road into Jerusalem, the rumor spread. Children sat on the shoulders of their fathers, while moms held the hands of older ones. The large throng of well-doers pushed and shoved their way to the front to gaze upon the slender man straddled on the back of a donkey. Everyone wanted a glimpse of Jesus. Was this humble man, the Promised Messiah? In hopeful anticipation, the multitude placed clothing and palm branches along the trail as Christ drew closer. The crowd hailed him as king,…

  • Dementia is a sad ailment by Gregg Heid

    She walked alone down the middle of the road. I drove past her slowly. Her eyes and countenance yelled at me — “I’m lost and confused.” My wife, Vicky, and I were coming home late and hungry, but we turned around in the next driveway and went back. I saw her walk into a shopping center parking lot. I pulled up beside her and rolled down the window. Vicky asked, “Do you need a ride?” “Yes, that would be nice. I’m sorta lost,” she said with a faint chuckle. Vicky opened the door for her and climbe…