Poetry in Motion
by Tom Linderman on May 17th, 2022
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10YOU ARE A PIECE OF WORK!When Paul used the word “workmanship” he used the Greek word “poiema” a word we also translate as “poem.”   Regardless of the language, it may make us wonder what in the world is he talking about.  For me, workmanship conjures up ima...  Read More
Hay Fever
by Tom Linderman on May 10th, 2022
With a sniffle here and a cough there, it seems that seasonal allergies are disturbing many people this time of year.  Spring rains and warming weather trigger trees, grasses, and weeds to release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants while causing friends and family members to seemingly suffer endlessly.Depending on your genetic background,  you may experience symptoms this...  Read More
Love like a Mom
by Tom Linderman on May 3rd, 2022
"God couldn't be everywhere, so He made mothers." While not theologically accurate, this old Jewish saying describes the significant role mothers have in our lives. Not one of us came into this world without a mom.As a child, I wondered if mom had “eyes in the back of her head” because she seemed to know whenever I was close to getting into trouble.Proverbs 31 describes a woman with Godly characte...  Read More
by Tom Linderman on April 26th, 2022
Bloom Wherever You Are PlantedRecently, while walking outside with Paisley, my 8-year-old granddaughter, we saw the first Dandelion of the season! She picked it. and brought it home to give it to her mom.  Have you ever seen the joy on a child’s face when they hand their mom a dandelion?There is an important moment that happens when a mom decides how to react to the occasional gift of a common wee...  Read More
Risen Indeed!
by Tom Linderman on April 19th, 2022
RISEN INDEED!Luke 24:34   “The Lord has risen indeed”Around the world, the Easter tradition of the proclamation that “Christ has risen” and the response of “Christ has risen indeed” has brought joy to the multitudes who say it! In Eastern Orthodox churches they add another tradition after proclaiming it.  They exchange eggs.  Why?  They say, according to their tradition,  that on the actual day of...  Read More
From Sorrow to Celebration
by Tom Linderman on April 12th, 2022
From Sorrow to CelebrationAnother devotional from the road to EmmausMany people have felt the exhaustion of depression.  Sometimes it can be a chemical imbalance that needs medication to fix.  Other times it may be discouragement from something that just seems to knock the wind out of your sails.  Intense emotions of sorrow can make it hard to eat, and sleep, your whole world just comes to a grind...  Read More