Kathy Strauch

Christmas, I Just Don’t Understand It

BY KATHY STRAUCH

Christmas comes in the dead of winter. In a season when the earth is cold, dark, and bare, songs on the radio belt out a chorus which names this season, "the most wonderful time of the year." But, is it really the most wonderful time of the year?

Christmas, I Just Don’t Understand It

Beggars Can’t Be Choosers

BY KATHY STRAUCH

He was a beggar on the streets. And, he was as good as dead if he didn't receive a blessing. The words, "you're cursed" haunted his mind. He was cursed and it was his own fault. He took what wasn't his to take; he stole from the dead and, in doing so, he became eerily acquainted with the dead. 

Beggars Can’t Be Choosers

The Confession of a Prodigal

BY KATHY STRAUCH

It happened instantaneously. His beloved teacher had just washed his feet. Hours earlier he reclined at the table with his Lord and recalled the Passover. Now, his regret was beyond comprehension. Everyone and everything around him disappeared as the Lord turned and caught his eye.

The Confession of a Prodigal

Prodigal at the Well

BY KATHY STRAUCH

She was the talk of the town. Everyone knew her for all the wrong reasons.  While most sought shelter from the scorching sun, shuffling feet kicked up sand and dirt as they scurried to gather water under the sweltering heat. 

Prodigal at the Well

The Breath of Forgiveness

BY KATHY STRAUCH

Jesus' disciples locked the doors to their own prison. Fear, grief, and shame haunted the dark cold room in which they sat. Their beloved Lord, teacher, and friend had been crucified. Jesus had breathed His last. The One whose creative breath breathed into the lifeless clay bringing Adam to life had stopped breathing. 

The Breath of Forgiveness

Judgment Day

BY KATHY STRAUCH

She had nowhere to hide. She was dragged into the temple and made to stand in the court as accusations were hurled against her. Sticks and stones may break bones, but their words may soon condemn her. It was only a matter of time. She had been caught in the act of sin and now awaited punishment. 

Judgment Day

Thy Will Be Done

BY KATHY STRAUCH

Taste buds sprang to life as the sweetness of the fruit danced around in their mouths. Maybe the serpent was onto something. Of all the trees in the garden, why this one? What was so special about this tree that they must refrain from eating its fruit? Maybe the serpent was right.

Thy Will Be Done

A King for a Criminal

BY KYLE G JONES AND KATHY STRAUCH

No greater injustice exists than to declare the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent. For the one guilty of irreparable harm to walk off scot-free offends our conscience. But, for the innocent one to pay for the crimes of the guilty assaults the very notions of truth, morality, and justice we hold dear.

A King for a Criminal

The God Who Won’t Repent

BY KATHY STRAUCH

The black canvas of the night sky gave way to glittering lights in the heavens. David’s city slept nearby as shepherds watched their flocks in anticipation of the dawn. This same darkness that held the twinkling lights above them, held the sign of God’s promise to Abraham. 

The God Who Won’t Repent

Haunted 

BY KATHY STRAUCH

Creeping through the house was a cunning art. Taking a single step was a strategic game to avoid creaks in the wooden floorboards. The goal was to maneuver through the house unnoticed. Any sound or change in shadows elicited alarm. There was nowhere to hide, every inch of the haunted house left visitors open and vulnerable to eyes prowling around in the shadows. 

Haunted 

Remembering to Forget

BY KATHY STRAUCH

The wound on my hand would not let me forget what happened. The crackled and blistered strip of skin was a memento of the searing pain I felt that day. For the remainder of that year, I was constantly reminded of what I had done. 

Remembering to Forget

A Salvation Insurance Policy 

BY KATHY STRAUCH

The sight of indulgences being bought and sold is just not something I witness on a regular basis. That is, until this past Saturday. As my tired feet trudged through a stretch of muddy dirt, that’s exactly what I saw. 

A Salvation Insurance Policy 

Jesus is Not Your Prince Charming

BY KATHY STRAUCH

I’m sure you know the story. An orphan girl lives a monotonous life filled with loneliness serving as a slave to her stepmother and stepsisters. One day in a stroke of luck, she is visited by her fairy godmother. Her humble clothing and cinder smudged face become hidden by an extravagant ball gown.

Jesus is Not Your Prince Charming

The Heart of Unbelief

BY KATHY STRAUCH

The more I heard the song, the more I heard the heart of the Gospel in the song. The music swept through the office like a refreshing breeze. It broke through a playlist which had become stale over time. Repetitively, the words flowed through the air, “let me love you.”

The Heart of Unbelief

Behold the Light of the World

BY KATHY STRAUCH

My eyes soaked in the midnight view. Stars crowded the sky. The bright artificial lights of my metropolitan home usually bully the stars into a muted blackness. But not here. Miles into the country, God’s luminaires were on full display.

Behold the Light of the World

Chosen

BY KATHY STRAUCH

A significant election is quickly approaching. A candidate will be chosen to hold the highest office in our nation. As a result, media is saturated with candidates promoting themselves, interviewing with journalists, and debating opponents all insisting and entreating the voter; choose me.

Chosen

I Have Confidence

BY KATHY STRUACH

In the classic musical, The Sound of Music, the storyline follows the main character, Maria, as she is sent from her life in an Abbey to become a governess over seven children.

I Have Confidence