Letting Go

Wanda Hendrickson

READ : John 12:23-26 It’s come to the end of August, a time to let go of summer. It’s saying “good-bye” to relaxed schedules and uncommitted hours. After snipping a bloom from the Eisenhower rose bush, we see more stalk than buds. Children begin to talk school, knowing bare feet and sand pails will change to tennis shoes and back packs. The end of August is also the first time to say good-bye to our college freshman, eager to venture …

See You Next Time

Wanda Hendrickson

READ : Isaiah 25:1-8 Last night I said good-bye to my friend. I squeezed her hand as hard as I dared, and then let go. We both knew her life here was about over. I kissed her cheek; we cried and were comforted. We parted with: “See you next time.” We had spent the past several weeks remembering, almost renewing, our childhood. She liked to recall our “long” walks to the corner, carrying our peanut butter sandwiches for the trip. …

Odd Couple

Wanda Hendrickson

READ : John 15:9-17 How different they looked; my husband, tall, thin, gray. Julius, shorter, rounder, African-American. One has difficulty flexing his fingers and the other works hard to put his legs in motion. Each had known vigor just a few months earlier and had deftly performed his work tasks at his office. Now they shared the daily grind of physical rehabilitation. They were spending the summer convincing their muscles to respond. Day and night they stretched, lifted, retrained and …

Caring Enough to Give

Wanda Hendrickson

READ : Matthew 25:31-40 She looks out of her living room window at the green grass, snapdragons tipping their heads at her. The birds fluff their wings in the ornate bird bath. A serene summer scene to us, but not to her. She rocks back and forth in agitation. “I want to be free! Give me back my car!” She stares at us, gleefully smiles, stretches out her frail legs as if operating her automo- bile. She presses the accelerator …

Love of Children

Wanda Hendrickson

READ : Mark 10:13-21 “God is great. God is good. And we thank Him for our food.” He prays this prayer with four-year-old trust. Once the words are spoken, he confidently announces he wants his favorite toast. He receives it! Right now life is predictable, safe, because he is loved, protected and cared for. Jesus appreciates children. He instructs adults to have faith as a little child. He likes a child’s openness to learning. A child has not met the …

Made for Each Other

Wanda Hendrickson

READ : 1 Corinthians 12:21-31 His arm is stretched high, hand poised for the catch. Breathless, he makes a lunge to swoop it in. He misses it! The orange and black monarch butterfly escapes and flutters away. The next fly ball sails over his head too, despite trading the net for the Wilson fielder’s glove. Head down, he shuffles into the dugout, eight pairs of eyes peering for an explanation. What clearly is seen is that this little guy is …