The Story of a Lamplighter

GUEST POST BY LAURA JOY PALMA It is always a pleasure to share these pages with like-minded people. In celebration of Father’s Day, I am delighted to feature a piece penned by my sister, Laura Joy Palma. It is devoted to the memory of our great-grandfather Angelo Rubbo, a first-generation Italian immigrant and a PentecostalContinue reading “The Story of a Lamplighter”

An Ascension Day Poem

From the heights,to the depths,wisdom descended for us. Disrobed of majesty,divine,humbled for us. Equality with God,set aside,not grasped. Made nothing,of dust and dirt,yet love would last. Living with us,walking among us,to show the way. Healing the blind,raising the dead,paving a way. From majesty,to the Cross,a destiny sure. Betrayed, denied,spit on,enmity stirred. Beaten, flogged,a crown ofContinue reading “An Ascension Day Poem”

A Mothers’ Day Tribute

Strength and dignity are her clothing,    and she laughs at the time to come.She opens her mouth with wisdom,    and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.She looks well to the ways of her household,    and does not eat the bread of idleness.Her children rise up and call her happy. ~Proverbs 31:25-28, NRSV It’s that time ofContinue reading “A Mothers’ Day Tribute”

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary – Rediscovering the Value of Tradition

But ask the animals, and they will teach you;    the birds of the air, and they will tell you;ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;    and the fish of the sea will declare to you.Who among all these does not know    that the hand of the Lord has done this?In his hand is the life ofContinue reading “Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary – Rediscovering the Value of Tradition”

Loving Freely: Rediscovering the Value of Faith

Days spent working from my office at home during the pandemic can be frustrating at times. The kids are home right now–learning remotely. Every now and then there’s a cry from the other end of the house: someone’s arguing or spilling or breaking something. My earplugs are already in but don’t quite drown out theContinue reading “Loving Freely: Rediscovering the Value of Faith”

Rediscovering the Value of Family

Amid this global pandemic, my wife, the kids, and I have found solace in our daily routine with reading time before bed. We used to announce when it was time to our kids. Now we gather in the living room on our own accord ready with books in hand. My wife leads off the timeContinue reading “Rediscovering the Value of Family”

Book Release – EMBRACING OUR ROOTS

Greetings Subscribers! I am delighted to announce that my book Embracing Our Roots: Rediscovering the Value of Faith, Family, and Tradition is NOW AVAILABLE! The book can be orderd through the publisher (Wipf and Stock) in paperback, hardcover, and e-book. It’s also available via Amazon. This work was completed during the height of the CoronavirusContinue reading “Book Release – EMBRACING OUR ROOTS”

The Earth-Shattering Power of God

The Great Alaskan earthquake was one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. It was a megathrust quake occurring the evening of March 27, 1964, Good Friday. The resulting ground fissures and landslides resulted in the catastrophic loss of life and property across South Alaska. Also known as the Good Friday Earthquake, its magnitude was aContinue reading “The Earth-Shattering Power of God”

Celebrating Women’s History Month: “My Mother’s Smile: A Letter to My Children”

Originally posted on Paul J. Palma:
Guest post by Joy Palma It is always a pleasure to share these pages with like-minded people. In celebration of Mother’s Day, I am delighted to feature a piece penned by my mom, Joy Palma, devoted to the memory of her mom. I was thrilled when she accepted the…