Rachel Burlbaw
Seen and Prayed For

Seen and Prayed For

Seen and Prayed ForShe gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 (NIV)On a clear, chilly night last November, I sat stiffly and restlessly in the waiting room of a...

A Celebration of Joy

A Celebration of Joy

A Celebration of Joy The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3   his summer my three-year-old experienced the beach for the first time since he was an infant. When we arrived, I watched him intently, unsure...

I Run To You

I Run To You

I Run To YouThe name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 (ESV)It was a typical day. My son Arliss and his six year-old sister were watching a sing-along show while I prepared supper. Arliss had protested my choice of...

Beautiful, Hidden Ways

Beautiful, Hidden Ways

Beautiful, Hidden Ways For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV)  L ate spring two years ago, I belatedly began the seasonal chore of sweeping the...

Day 2: Jesus is Condemned

Day 2: Jesus is Condemned

Matthew 27:15-26 (ESV) Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for...

When We Can’t See Home

When We Can’t See Home

When We Can't See Home "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5 (ESV) I turn slowly and peek around the headrest. My husband drives on as the horizon glows marigold and magenta. Darkness settles, and I sense the uneasiness of...

Hope in Waiting

Hope in Waiting

Hope in Waitinge stood together at the icy-cold window. Outside, bowed winter grass and scattered brown leaves sparkled white with frost in the morning sun. Inside, the warm air smelled of baking cinnamon rolls and freshly sliced citrus. My sister...

The Crowds In Jerusalem

The Crowds In Jerusalem

The Crowds in Jerusalem The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:“Hosanna!‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’The...

Time For A Vision Check

Time For A Vision Check

Time For A Vision CheckFor he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 2 Peter 1:9 (ESV)SNAP! I looked down in dismay as my almost two-year-old offered back to me my only pair of eyeglasses-in two...

The Age of Undoing

The Age of Undoing

The Age of UndoingFor I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4...