Stories

  • Story: The Greatest - January 22, 2023 1 Corinthians 1:10-18Matthew 4:12-23 Even when he was very young, they said of him, “This ‘apapane will be one of the greatest singers of his generation.” He had a sweet and true voice, with an ability to produce trills that were faster than anyone had ever heard before. He had a range … Continue reading Story: The Greatest
  • Story: Unclear on the Concept - January 15, 2023 Palm 40:1-11John 1:29-42 He was still a young ram, and was spending his first season as the senior ram of a small flock. Frankly, most of the ewes in the flock knew more than he did about being a sheep on the mountain slopes, and several of them were smarter than he … Continue reading Story: Unclear on the Concept
  • Story: I Want More Light - January 8, 2023 Isaiah 60:1-6Matthew 2:1-12 “More light,” grumbled the camel. “I want more light.” Camels are not naturally night animals. If I lived in the desert I would be a night animal, but camels can tolerate the desert sun in ways that I can’t. They like the day, and their favorite way to spend … Continue reading Story: I Want More Light
  • Story: Don’t Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before - December 25, 2022 Isaiah 62:6-12Luke 2:1-20 So… Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Once upon a time there was a woman named Mary, and she was expecting a baby. It was a special baby, which you’d think would mean that she’d be as comfortable as she could be when the baby was … Continue reading Story: Don’t Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before
  • Story: Fulfilling - December 11, 2022 Luke 1:46b-55Matthew 11:2-11 His feathers were fully grown and laid upon his wings and back in shades of greyish brown, with bright white and black on his chest and wings. His wings stretched nearly three feet across, elegantly shaped and tapering to each pointed wingtip. He was kind of awkward on the … Continue reading Story: Fulfilling
  • Story: Easier? - December 4, 2022 Isaiah 11:1-10Matthew 3:1-12 That year the goslings had a choice between two flight instructors here on Hawai’i Island. I know I’ve talked about nene school before. It basically covers two topics: how to fly and how to find good things to eat. As I said, there were two flying teachers that year, … Continue reading Story: Easier?
  • Story: As Dawn Approaches - November 27, 2022 Isaiah 2:1-5Romans 13:11-14 As you know, one of the really important questions in the life of any animal – bird, fish, reptile, or mammal – is: “When is breakfast?” For most animals the next question is likely to be “where is breakfast?” Whether you’re a hunting animal that has to find something … Continue reading Story: As Dawn Approaches
  • Story: Growing Memories - November 13, 2022 Isaiah 65:17-25Luke 21:5-19 Last week’s story was about a kolea who came back from a summer in Alaska to find Pohoiki completely changed by lava. It was a hard thing to accept that this is how an island grows. He saw a landscape that had been green and growing transformed into one … Continue reading Story: Growing Memories
  • Story: Growing - November 6, 2022 Job 19:23-27aLuke 20:27-38 This story took place a few years ago here on Hawai’i Island. I suppose it could have happened at various times here on Hawai’i Island – I would guess something similar has happened a good number of times here on Hawai’i Island. A kolea flew back to Hawai’i after … Continue reading Story: Growing
  • Story: Beyond the Horizon - October 30, 2022 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12Luke 19:1-10 I don’t know how they became friends, or even how they met one another. When kolea make their journey to Hawai’i Island, they tend to find some space for themselves fairly close to the coastline. They like to look for worms and bugs and such in the … Continue reading Story: Beyond the Horizon