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Reading the Bible, Asking Questions and Growing in Faith

When I graduated from seminary I still didn’t know a significant amount about the bible. I had been taught to read with a critical eye, to ask questions, how to use Greek and Hebrew and write my own translations of the biblical text, but if you were to ask me about peopleinthebibleorevencertainstoriesIwasprettyclueless. Infactitwas almost ridiculous […]



Partnership, Prayers, Tapestry, Tragedy and Real Presence

It’s my worst nightmare for something to happen to one of my children and I know I’m not alone. Sometimes, my friend Molly and I will talk about it together and we almost can’t say the words aloud. We whisper, “I don’t know what I would do if anything happened to…” and then fill in the […]


Loving our Neighbor: Living our Faith

We went to Chicago last weekend and while we walked by a number of people who were begging for money on the streets, one man in particular stood right in the middle of our path and directly asked us for money. “No, I’m sorry.” I muttered. I actually didn’t have any cash on me at […]


When God was a Little Girl: Diverse Images of God

I have a new favorite book. It’s a children’s book entitled “When God was a Little Girl” written by David R. Weiss and illustrated by Joan Hernadez Lindeman. I stumbled across it this past January when I was looking for children’s books for our baptismal reunion. The book begins with a little girl asking her […]


I’m Busy

I saw a license plate the other day that said “IM BUSY.” I shook my head as I drove behind this car. “Yep!” I thought, “isn’t this the American way?” “How are you?” “I’m busy.” “I’mbusy”makesussoundimportant. “I’mbusy” makes our life seem significant. “I’m busy” actually allows us to not have to really answer that question, […]


Dreams, Remembering and Grief

“You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s […]


Quilting, Mistakes and Being Wonderfully Made

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me […]


Ready or Not, Here God Comes.

I’m not ready yet! As I sit here writing this article in mid-November I am keenly aware that I am not ready for Advent to be upon us. I’m not ready for Christmas. I’m not ready for the New Year. It all seemed to sneak up on me as I have been out enjoying the […]