Most of our days are ordinary ones. We go into the office, meet with clients, deal with vendors and personnel issues. We return phone calls; respond to faxes and emails.
We fight traffic and the never ending battle with paperwork; reply to motions; attempt to schedule depositions.
We become experts on obscure statutes; review police reports and medical records – some dry, some so horrific we could never have imagined ourselves dealing with them. All in the course of our ordinary days. Continue reading
Job, in his grief, sought to plead his case to God; sought to demonstrate that he was a man of integrity, undeserving of the trials inflicted on him. Even in his misery, Job was certain God knew his character and would render justice.
God knows us. More than that He loves us, and walks with us through our trials. Continue reading
As legal professionals, most of us have worked through lunch. Most, for that matter, have worked through dinner, even through the night. We know the after-hours cleaning staff by name, and bring our briefcases along on vacation. Continue reading
“If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me” (Ps. 139: 9-10).
Merciful God, too often we seek to flee from Your presence…when the world is too much with us, when temptation beckons, when we know we have failed. Continue reading
“You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?”
The old hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” was penned by Robert Robinson before the American Revolution. It contains the aching lyric, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love…”
The Bible speaks again and again of Continue reading
The media generally present a glamorous image of lawyers. LA Law, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, and the rest have shaped that image. But Law and Order is probably closer to the truth. Continue reading
There is a plaintive line from the old Simon and Garfunkel song, El Condor Pasa (If I Could), that speaks about the superiority of hammers to nails. Sometimes we feel that way, Christians and non-Christians alike. So tired of the pounding, we’re tempted to change places with the hammer. So beleaguered that any road seems better than the one we’re on. If only we could leave our burdens behind.
It is worth remembering Continue reading
“And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done’ ” (Luke 22: 41-42).
Lord Jesus, You knew from the beginning of time what Your obedience to the Father would require, yet gave Yourself over freely to His will. You were without sin, yet Continue reading
“ ‘…He has sent Me…to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…’ ” (Is. 61: 1).
Philadelphia, this beloved city of ours, has a proud heritage. Not only was it the cradle of American liberty. Philadelphia was, also, an important locus on the Underground Railroad. Johnson family members and prominent abolitionist William Still were all based in the city. Between them, this Quaker family and free black man helped upwards of 800 slaves escape to freedom. Continue reading