A Jesus who LAUGHS???

Did Jesus ever laugh? Too bad our red-letter Bibles don’t come in script form with bracketed cues: [laugh here]. I’ve recently gotten a brand-new perspective on Jesus, not only on His sense of humor, but also on the depth of His compassion and love. Have you heard...

Birth and Death

Back in the early years of our marriage, I wasn’t too smart. I thought I was, but events proved otherwise. With Jim having one more year of college before starting seminary, we talked about children. His grocery-checking income was slim, so we decided to wait until...

Christmas in March. REALLY????

LAST YEAR, I smashed everyone’s iconic images of Jesus’ birth. Was the manger, in fact, in somebody’s living-room? Click here to see that blog.  https://eleanorgustafson.com/uncategorized/rethinking-christmas-1/  THIS YEAR—How about Jesus being born on March 20 of 6...

Are You in Exile?

WE HAVE FRIENDS who were recently evicted from the country in which they had worked for many years. EXILES. Though now safe in this country, adjustment is HUGE. Culture, politics, way of life—nothing is easy. In Old Testament times, the “with it” people of Israel were...

Are You Pre-Paid?

  A week ago, we visited H. L. Farmer & Sons funeral home. It had been on our To-Do list for a long time, but my current, nose-to-nose conversation with stage-4 lung cancer sort of pushed the envelope. VERY INTERESTING! Did you know— In Massachusetts, a body...

Sudden Death, Sudden Glory

LAST WEEK, after attending my sister Marilyn’s funeral in New Jersey, I made a quick run to see the house in Branchville in which both of us had been born and brought up. The house had not been grand, but it was home.       I’d been warned what to...