Category: Engaging Culture

Reverence for Life

Since today has been designated “Sanctity of Life Sunday” (and since I believe that applies to life at every stage), I offer this poem I recently wrote: Reverence for Life Abortion (for a choice-caused conception) Senseless killing (is war ever necessary?) Death penalties (where’s the capital in that?) Euthanasia (euphemism for “Mercy Killing”) Suicide (the…

Giving Thanks To “A Worthy King”

Have we ever given thanks to God for entering into our humanity and suffering with us and for us? Have we given thanks for the privilege of suffering with him and for him? Are we giving our hearts, our allegiance, our lives to the slaughtered Lamb who lives? the wounded one who heals? Are we willing to bring our wounds to the Lamb for healing? to transform us into wounded healers?

This Thanksgiving, even in the midst of pandemic fears, political uncertainties, and limited gatherings, I want to “virtually” join all those who “fell down and worshiped” the lamb. as they held aloft bowls filled with “the prayers of the saints” and as they sang a “new song”:

“You are worthy … for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed, for God, saints from every tribe and language and people and nation;…

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered …

“To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

He is our king and he is with us, even in our present sufferings!

Giving thanks,
Catherine

Current Buzz – Feb. 2020

Over a month into 2020 we’ve had some surprises as well as some planned happenings. In this post I’ll share with you some of the surprises. One of our authors has garnered increased media attention lately: Hostage In Taipei : A True Story of Forgiveness and Hope by McGill Alexander This memoir by now-retired South…

Cladach Authors in their Communities

We love to see our authors out participating in their communities, sharing their expertise and their books, and meeting readers. These events happen around the country and sometimes around the world. We love to receive reports and photos of local author activities, such as the following: On Saturday November 2, John Buzzard, author of the…

A Story of Resiliency, Integrity, and Community

Each generation must find its way amidst cultural changes, clashes and conflicts. Carolina and Mauricio had to do this in the new novel, PRAIRIE TRUTH (just released). Reading a good historical novel not only gives the reader momentary escape, but paints a colorful picture and historical perspective that helps to clarify the conflicts of today.…

A Worthy King

Worthy to Receive Glory

Made to honor, we give fealty,
We seek true north like a needle.
But to look for your king
in a pulpit, disappoints;
in a government, fails;
in the mirror, distorts.
Look instead with the eyes of your heart
to the Wounded who heals;
to the Throne that is true;
to the Lamb who was slain,
Christ the King.

–Catherine Lawton
© 2018, 2020

Experiencing the People and Places of the Stories

From their home and ministry in Eilat, Israel, she and her husband, John, have a unique perspective on the Middle East—and the world—

Grace in Horrific Times

There are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today, more than ever before in history. There are more natural disasters occurring than ever before in recorded history. There is a growing spirit of division among people, as evidenced in current discourse, events, politics and elections. So much of this division seems fueled…

Showing Love and Offering Hope in the World

We can each do something this day to increase shalom, well-being, and flourishing in our world—to participate in “God’s kingdom come.” I like the quote by Anne Frank, that I photographed summer 2017 when I was visiting Birmingham, Alabama. This monument was erected in the context of the Civil Rights struggles of that city, quoting…

“Trail Angels” for Jesus in Israel

(In Hebrew with English subtitles) Judith Galblum Pex writes from Eilat, Israel: Shalom dear friends, …We just want to share with you a short video clip that the Israel Broadcasting Company made about the Shelter Hostel as part of their new digital series about Trail Angels. I mentioned our interaction and help with the Israel…

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