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 […]

Mother Mary

By the time this newsletter is published, I’ll be just finishing the first trimester of pregnancy with our third child. And what a first trimester it has been! Even though pregnancy has never been exactly pleasant, this one has thrown me for a loop to the tune of trying every nausea remedy I could get […]

Christmas Time is Here

Advent and Christmas really is my most favorite time of the year. I love watching the snow fall. I love drinking hot cocoa by a decorated tree with soft music on. I love the worship at churchand the excitement that builds over the course of the month of December. I love everything about this time […]

Too Pretty

“Among the downtrodden people she was one of the lowliest, not a maid of high station in the capital city, but a daughter of a plain man in a small town. We may infer that she was of no account because she herself said in her song, “He hath regarded the low estate of his […]

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 […]

Our Lutheran Identity and the Reformation

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Thesis to the Cathedral door in Wittenburg, Germany. 500 years later, we celebrate this immense and bold act to reform the Church and grow together in our relationship with God and with each other. Some of you may be familiar with the history of the Lutheran […]

A Good and Godly Spirit

I believe there is a good and Godly Spirit present here. I feel it on Sunday morning when people greet one another with warm embraces and wide smiles. I hear it in the laughter of our children as they slide out of their pews during worship for kid’s time. I see it on days like […]

Faith and Daily Life

Happy New School Year! The other day I was thinking to myself that I should set some New Year’s Resolutions for my upcoming school year and then I both laughed at myself at the thought of that and was also flabbergasted that it’s time to start thinking about going back to school again. We claim […]

I’m the Martha

Several weeks ago, we heard the story of Martha and Mary, where Martha invites Jesus to dine in her home and while she’s busy cooking and cleaning, her sister, Mary, sits and listens to Jesus; He tells Martha that Mary is doing the better thing. (Luke 10:38-42). I’m the Martha. I’ve known this since the […]