Quarantine Soul Care: Promises, Assurances, Comfort

On most mornings I turn to the Scriptures as much out of a good, lifelong habit as anything else. On some mornings I approach God’s Word with a more keen sense of purpose. And sometimes I come with a real desire to meet God. But on many occasions—often outside my daily routine of Bible intake—I turn to the Word of God out of…

Quarantine Soul Care: God’s Grace Opening the Veil

When Jesus’ presence seems absent in the midst of my pain, I find that canned spiritual answers and my usual spiritual disciplines, things that once helped me feel connected to him, no longer work. So one day, I try a new spiritual practice, something…

Quarantine Soul Care: Trusting God

As David said in Psalm 138:8,”The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me.” Because we know God is directing our lives to an ultimate end and because we know He is sovereignly able to orchestrate the events of our lives toward that end, we can trust Him…

Quarantine Soul Care: The Father is Always

Answers. Understanding. Insight. How we long for those! We want so desperately to know what is happening to us and what will become of us. When the days are dark and we feel overwhelmed by pain or sorrow or confusion, we beg for answers. We believe that…

Quarantine Soul Care: The Goodness of Being

The whole sense of Scripture, it seems to me, is that God the Father has this thing about being. He was absolutely wild about it. He kept thinking up new ways of being and new kinds of being to be. One afternoon the Son came along and said, “This is really great stuff; why don’t I go mix Us up a batch?” And God the Holy Spirit said, “Terrific! I’ll help You.”…

Quarantine Soul Care: The Image of God

Lying at the foot of the bed is a book on the iconography of the Transfiguration. The image on the cover is a reproduction of an eleventh-century fresco. … Its center is dark blue, and the radiance emanating from Jesus is represented by two outer rings that are progressively lighter in hue.

My two-year-old daughter is standing at the foot of the bed…

Quarantine Soul Care: Fear with the Scary Element Deleted

We’re afraid when we’re suddenly caught off our guard and don’t know what to do. We’re afraid when our presuppositions and assumptions no longer account for what we’re up against, and we don’t know what will happen to us. We’re afraid when reality, without warning, is shown to be either more or other than we thought it was…