The Missing Fruits (Courage)

The Missing Fruits (Courage)

One of my favorite movies is A Christmas Story, the scene where the dogs from next door, the Bumpus hounds, break through the front door and carry off the turkey cooling on the kitchen table. Do you remember that? I identify with that scene because the Bumpus family...
The Missing Fruits (Curiosity)

The Missing Fruits (Curiosity)

Our granddaughter Madeline was spending the night one evening last month and she and I began talking about haircuts. She’s a very curious child, so there were lots of haircut questions. She’s decided she’s Rapunzel and never wants a haircut. She asked if I could play...
The Missing Fruits (Positive Anticipation)

The Missing Fruits (Positive Anticipation)

I met Joan in the summer of 1982, when she was working as an intern at Public Service Indiana, and living catty-corner from me. Not realizing she was destined to marry me, she was dating someone else, an oversight we corrected just in time for me to be invited to her...
Fruits of the Spirit (3)  (Galatians 5:22)

Fruits of the Spirit (3) (Galatians 5:22)

I was talking with a man last week and he started complaining about his neighbor. He said, “I know it’s wrong, but I hate them.” “Oh, surely you don’t hate them,” I said. “They probably just annoy you.” “No, I pretty much hate them,” he said. It reminded me of...