The Oil of Sacrifice

"You always have the poor with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want, but you do not always have Me. She has done what she could...." Mark 14:7-8a You are probably familiar with the setting in which Jesus spoke these words. While Jesus was reclining at the table of the home... Continue Reading →

Safe in His Arms

It happened. Covid is no longer a stranger to the Pichura Family. I certainly wouldn’t call it a friend, though. Normally, I seek to be hospitable but I’d much rather kick Covid to the curb. But, alas, it’s here to stay for more days than I'd prefer. We are now part of the statistics. We... Continue Reading →

Dying in Color

It’s a strange world here in South Dakota. One month from our last day of summer, we had our first snowstorm. And, just like that, we seem to have closed the door on fall, as well. I am thankful for the month of autumn we had, though. Watching a tree’s leaves change color really is... Continue Reading →

The Waters of Comparison

It’s amazing how we so easily compare ourselves with others. Our gaze is so quick to rest on the horizon and ignore the vertical, our true reality. It is so easy to look around at others, and yet we have to fight hard to look up to the Creator and Sustainer of all things.  Discontentment... Continue Reading →

Keeping the Art of Conversation Alive

I think it’s safe to say that for the majority of us, during these past four months, we’ve had far less conversations than we had a year ago during the same time.  The very definition of quarantine implies a level of isolation and we have all felt this to one degree or another throughout the... Continue Reading →

Tis the Season to Assume

There have been a lot of trending words and phrases since the start of 2020; words that would not have made complete sense to us just a half a year ago: social distancing, new normal, flattening the curve, 6 feet apart. I believe as we begin to come out of the haze and fog of... Continue Reading →

Gentleness Amid the Germs

I’m not sure what your home has been looking like these last few weeks, but ours is starting to get a bit restless. Not restless to necessarily “do more” but restless in the sense of being more easily annoyed and more easily frustrated. Buttons are pushed a little bit quicker, comments come out a little... Continue Reading →

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