Why Do We Practice

Helena’s violin teacher keeps a variety of books on parenting violin students in her “lesson room.” One of my favorites is titled- “Getting your child to practice without killing them.” I love its honesty! About a month ago, I picked up one of these books while I sat during the lesson and was struck by […]

What does it mean to be persecuted for our faith?

One of my great treasures are the journals of my great-grandfather, Aron and his son Nikolaj Reimer. The journals have been translated from German into English and they document a remarkable story of faith, persecution and perseverance. Aron and Nikolaj were Mennonite Brethren (Ana-Baptists) ministers. They were leaders in their small German village in Russia. Because […]

Contemplating Christmas: Living in Abundance

My family has been calling me Scrooge lately and is worried that I will ruin and cancel Christmas. I haven’t been meaning to feel this way or even act like a Scrooge. But there is some truth to their name-calling. I have been overwhelmed by how much we have. When I look around our house I […]

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, […]