About Tomorrow

And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But…

Holds

The steps of a man are established by the LORD,  And He delights in his way.  When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,  Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand. Psalm 37:23-24 (NASB) I’ve been climbing a lot this week. More, really, in one week at Tauernhof than the rest of the year in…

Hillside United

…So take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so…

Capturing the Castle

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living…

A Map, A Headlamp, A Castle, The Fog

I consider bringing the headlamp. It’s in the same basket as the map, which I fished out carefully before leaving on this hiking venture.  My large topographical map is indispensable; I bought it a few days after moving to Kandern, and it has been a fixture on every excursion since. I love this map.  Emily has an…

Seasons

I’ve never been in Europe in autumn. I’ve spent several summers here, two weeks of winter, and one spring.  But all of my autumns, my favorite season of all, have been in Washington. I’ve come back to Austria for the weekend–truly just for Saturday–to attend the going-away party for Julie Johnson, a fellow instructor from…

On Community

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;and that you,…

Stretching

“OK, so you’re ready, right?”  I crane my head around to hear my belayer’s voice from where she stands a few feet away. “Yep.  You’re good to go!” she replies cheerfully, tugging on the rope that connects us. I’m used to North American climbing terms.  Used to calling On belay? and Belay ON obsessively until…

Austria and Analogies

Question: “Is there an analogy for that?” Answer: YES. (Always.) Greetings from Schladming! I’m writing from a picnic table outside of Tauernhof Bible School, in a valley among the Austrian Alps.  Though this is a ski town, I know it better at times like these.  Schladming in summer is sweetly dusty hayfields, cheery international greetings…