Building Community

January… the month of cold and darkness after the big celebration of Christmas. It is maybe what defines us as Minnesotans. It slows us down enough to allow for reflection. It might be what makes us actually Minnesota nice. I have been reading the book, “Thank You for Being Late” by Thomas Friedman. The title […]

Blue Light

It’s hard to get my head around writing an article for December…the month of Christmas. I put my headphones in and hesitantly force my finger over my favorite Christmas album. The music easily plays but my heart is not in it. The season my childhood heart welcomed as early as it was offered feels a million […]

Fear and Prayer

When I started working as a parish nurse, visiting people in their homes, at the hospital or rehab, I would typically end our visit with prayer. I was always at bit nervous about this. Will I say the right thing? Will it sounds stupid or will I ask for the wrong thing? Will it make […]


This word has penetrated our lives this summer with great frequency. Most of us think of road construction when seeing this word. The word DETOURS took on new meaning when I was blessed to travel in northern Germany and Scandinavia this summer. Every evening I would read the details of the places we were planning […]

What Month Is it?

Every month it seems has its many assigned observances and related activities. May’s most recognized is perhaps breast cancer awareness which has a huge walk/ fundraiser and free mammograms for those who need it. Men’s health awareness has few shaving in November, etc. While this is great in highlighting and adding awareness and education to […]

The Greatest Gift

This month we will celebrate Christ’s victory over the grave, the one thing that zaps some amount of fear we as humans hold about the death of our earthly journey. At some point we have to accept our finite time here on earth and trade the known for the unknown, moving forward in faith. Sometimes […]

Love, Grace, Identity

I took a Uber car downtown a couple weeks ago to meet my husband for a work dinner event he had. The young woman who picked me up had a hijab on which let me know she was Muslim. While we were driving I asked her if she was afraid to drive Uber alone as […]

Mindful, Intentional, Purposeful

On November 3rd, 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill declaring the 3rd Monday of every January to be Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It was to be started January of 1986, however every state did not recognize it. In1994, President Clinton made it a federal holiday and service act day to do community service, to […]

My heart stopped and I need it to change me

By Kaye Wothe, Parish Nurse “September and May are more busy than any December!” This has been my statement as a mom for as long as I can remember. In September for all ages new things start with the season change and with the less scheduled days of summer gone by. The color coded calendars begin […]