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 […]

Journey toward Justice: Privilege and Race in our Church

Part 1: The Beginning of my Journey   I often listen to the podcast This American Life while I clean my house on the weekends. It makes the time go faster and I love the stories they tell. I get a glimpse of the world in a new way. Sometimes the stories make me laugh, […]

God’s Promises

Wherever you go, I will watch over you, then later I will bring you back to this land. I won’t leave you—I will do all I have promised.  Genesis 28:15 My eldest daughter is starting Junior High this month! I know I am not the first parent to walk this path, nor will I be […]

Gracious Hospitality: Eating Together in Faith

Jesus spends a lot of time eating with people.  He eats with all different people, sometimes his friends, sometimes his disciples, sometimes people considered to be sinners and outcast, even tax collectors.  He reclines at the table with friends and foes and spends time in fellowship with them sharing a meal.  In the end, one […]