Linger Longer

Michelle Christy

Read: John 20:1-18 The disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. (vv. 10-11) Family dinners hold a high priority at our house. We eat. We share about our day. We read and apply Scripture. Some days children comply eagerly; other days resistance steals our space. One evening, sensing palpable opposition, I declare, “We’re going to linger at the table and like it.” That was one amazing mom moment! Well, maybe not. Nevertheless, we now …

Not unto Death

Michelle Christy

Read: John 11:1-44 I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live. (v. 25) I read John 11 shortly after my breast cancer diagnosis. God spoke to me from verse 4, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God.” Could I trust this as God’s word for me? I wondered, “What if I die? What about God’s word then?” In my heart’s wrestling, I resolved …

Transition Time

Michelle Christy

Read: Luke 2:41-52 Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? (v. 49) A word that currently describes my life is transition. This is fueled by the completion of ten years serving with my husband, the president of Northwestern College (Iowa); the graduation and marriage of our eldest; the college journey for our middle child; the relocation to a different home; and the anticipation of a parent entering memory care. Though anxious, I remember that Jesus …

Favored Ones

Michelle Christy

Read: Luke 1:26-38 Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you! (v. 28) Before my first chemotherapy treatment, I cried out fearfully and desperately to the Lord. I had watched my 46-year-old father succumb to the side effects of chemotherapy by contracting a fungal infection that took his life. I wondered if death in my 40s would be my destiny too. That day I opened up my Bible to the daily reading, “The eternal God is your dwelling place, …

The Only Son

Michelle Christy

Read: Luke 7:11-17 . . . the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. (v. 12) With relief, my husband arrived at our wedding rehearsal with good news: he had a job. Greg felt God’s call to be a coach early in life. Convinced, he trained and desired only to coach baseball. He had been holding out for a full-time coaching position. The accepted job promised baseball coaching on the side. But two years passed without any …

Crumbs

Michelle Christy

Read: Matthew 15:21-28 . . . even the dogs eat the crumbs. (v. 27) Downtown Kansas City, just outside the corner Starbucks, a man stands and tells his story. Some folks listen. Others retort dismissively. Unashamed, this new parolee pleads for help. He’s not too proud to admit it. With blunt humility, he asks if I have a “twenty” to spare. I brush him off, heading for my car; it’s less messy to turn a blind eye. Still, I couldn’t …