Dec 16, 2014

Advent Hope: Redeeming the Time

The woman at the coffee bar taps her nails in a staccato rhythm. She turns to me and says, half with irritation, half in apology, “I just ordered a cappuccino. You wouldn’t think it would take so long,” then added, “Sorry to hold you up.” She seemed frustrated and embarrassed...Read more +
Feb 17, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Beauty

Gwen has been legally blind for ten years. The term “legally blind” needs some explaining. Only about 12% of blind people lack any sight at all. While the legally blind cannot read even the big E at the top of the vision chart, some can count the number of fingers...Read more +
Jan 7, 2011

Who We Need

Ethel retired a year early due to her failing eyesight. She can no longer drive or read the newspaper or her mail. So Ethel needs a lot of help. She used to feel proud of her independence and self-sufficiency; now she often stops to think about all the people whose...Read more +
May 19, 2009

Numbering Your Days and Your Finances

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12, NKJV) Numbering my days is an abiding preoccupation with me, now that I am 67. And the larger that number grows, the more I am conscious of the need to apply my heart...Read more +
Jan 29, 2008

Nature's Antidote for Worry

When Jesus instructed us to "consider the lilies of the field," he wasn't making the kind of moralistic point we find in the fable of the ant and the grasshopper. In that tale, the ant is praised for working hard all summer to store up provisions for the winter. The...Read more +
Nov 13, 2007

Teach Your Kids to Love Work

A lot of parents worry today about their lack of quality time with their children. This is especially true of single-parent households and families where both parents work. In our desire to give our children the latest fashions or electronic gadgets, even the best, or at least most expensive, education...Read more +
Oct 18, 2006

High Thoughts: Virginia Stem Owens

Ordinary teamwork can become a kind of worship community. Read more Most of the material on The High Calling is available for reuse under a Creative Commons 3.0 license . Unfortunately, work by Virginia Stem Owens is not available for reuse. If you are interested in reprinting work by Virginia...Read more +
Sep 22, 2006


I come from a line of strong women, chief among them a great aunt who lived in a large farmhouse. As a child there, I was never bored. My aunt was always canning, planting, milking, cranking the ice cream freezer. On one particular visit, I asked her if I could...Read more +
Mar 31, 2006

The Confessions of a Reluctant Team Player

Some people are by nature team players and others are not. I belong to the second group. I lack the skills of a born leader, and I make a somewhat shifty follower. My grade school experiences with teamwork added to my inborn aversion. I was always among the last chosen...Read more +
Jan 16, 2006

When Their Katrina Becomes Our Rita

On the day that I married, 45 years ago, my mother handed me a small white Bible that became the base for my bridal bouquet of pink rosebuds. Inside the flyleaf of the Bible, she had written "Romans 8:28." Later I looked up the verse: "And we know that all...Read more +