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Posts by Gary Massey

Will God Take Care of Me?

High-pitched, raucous squeaking suddenly pierces the quiet morning. I walk to the door and look out across the porch. At the top of one of the pillars under the overhanging roof, three small beaks are barely visible above the edge of the bird’s nest. All three beaks are chirping as fast and as loud as they can. Standing on the side of…

Blooms and Blossoms

Color has exploded onto the landscape. Soft reds, bright pinks, pale yellows, and deep whites dot the lawns and lanes. Fruit trees, iris, azaleas, and dozens of other plants proudly proclaim the welcome renewal of spring. But we know the beauty will soon give way to deep greens, humidity, and the sound of lawn mowers. The rapid change of spring is part…

Too Much Baggage

Cardboard boxes are stacked everywhere – in the hall, in the bedroom, in the kitchen. Almost everything we own that fits into a box is in a box. Except for the things we don’t need anymore. By the time you read this, hopefully we are sleeping in a new house (different, not really new). But a lot of our stuff did not…

Which Day of the Week?

For hundreds of years, religious people have celebrated “Good Friday” as the day on which Jesus died. For this reason, most people believe that Jesus died on a Friday. Curiously, the Bible never points out the day of the week that Jesus died. The Bible does say that Jesus was executed on the “preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath”…

Will It Ever Be Enough?

The king is bored. He has achieved more than his wildest imaginations. Beginning as the youngest son of shepherds, sleeping in the wild, growing up with sheep, he now lives in a palace with several wives and concubines. His army wins battle after battle. His kingdom grows ever larger. But somehow, he gets bored. Walking on the roof of his palace, he…

Just A Little Late

The third graders costume themselves like important people from history – Abraham Lincoln, Neil Armstrong, Rosa Parks, Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Jackie Robinson. All the other classes line the halls along with parents of the third graders. Then the figures from history parade up and down the halls, receiving applause from the admiring crowd. A dramatic and historically authentic production? Probably…

A Wrinkle In Time

Changing the clock from 2:00 to 3:00 every spring, or from 2:00 to 1:00 every fall is arbitrary. Clocks change, but time marches on. People and even governments and nations can decide to change all the clocks. But we cannot make time go backward, or forward, or stop. However, God can and has. After Joshua led the Israelites to victory over Jericho…

The Bugs Are Back

The mosquito is light brown, almost tan. Four hair-sized legs attach it to the windshield. As the truck pulls out of the parking lot, the wind stretches the mosquito toward the top of the truck. The legs, once bent at the knee, now straight as arrows. One leg detaches, then another. With the front two legs still clinging, the mosquito begins drifting…

Thorns and Thistles

One briar stretches its stem more than ten feet from its root. The tractor tire slams against the long thin briar. The branch jerks and snaps like a whip bringing its furthest thorns right to my eye. With less than two inches to spare, my eyelid closes, and the skin begins to burn, but the eye on the inside remains safely protected.…

Does He Even Know Your Name?

When I get a new email, the black off screen of my phone briefly lights up and shows me a 3-line preview of the email, if I am looking at my phone. Thursday, I am sitting at Rib and Loin, eating chicken wings, when I see the black screen light up with an email. Because my hands are messy, I look at…