27 Feb

A Season of Preparation

Last night my church hosted an Ash Wednesday soup supper followed by a Taize-styled worship service.  Three of our “sister” churches joined us, as has become our tradition. It is a tradition I love, as the four churches get together annually over a meal and...

20 Feb

A Lenten Silence

Five years ago, my church was in desperate need of a website redesign.  After what felt to me, a technology neophyte, like a long, involved process, the long-awaited update was ready to launch.  As part of this process, I was strongly encouraged to begin blogging....

13 Feb

The Gift of This Day

I have been surrounded by death this week. Okay, I know that is not the cheeriest of ways to begin a blog, but stay with me for a moment.  Yesterday marked the third anniversary of my father’s death.  Today would have been his 80th birthday, had...

06 Feb

Listening in the Silence

Life is loud.   At least, that’s been my experience of it lately.  It seems that I am surrounded by noise and more often than not, that noise is blaring at significant decibels.  Streaming services, 24/7 news cycles, personal playlists, devices that ping, sing, and ring...

31 Jan

God’s Grace is Sufficient

A couple of weeks ago, a friend gave me a book by Richard Rohr entitled, Breathing Under Water, and it has become my spiritual “traveling companion” for the first part of 2020.  Especially as we approach Lent in a month, if you are looking for...

23 Jan

Receiving the Day

So, how is your year going so far?   Is it the perfectly wonderful year you imagined on New Year’s Day?   New Year’s Day.  Just three short weeks ago, yet it feels like a universe away.  Already my year has been visited by death, failure,...

16 Jan

Holding Truths in Tension

One of the truths regarding religious faith is that it is full of paradox.  At least, it is intended to be paradoxical.   I sometimes wonder whether much of the turmoil we are experiencing in our world is related to the fact that we’ve lost...

09 Jan

Winter’s Gifts: Insight, Grace & Peace

As many people did, I traveled to be with family over the recent holidays.  As is typical for us, we spent much of the week in Arkansas gathered in my mom’s kitchen, having wonderful conversations over meals and working jigsaw puzzles.  We also took long...

03 Jan

New Year, New Series: Fresh

Despite the fact that twice today I have dated a document as “December,” a new year has, in fact, begun.  I spent part of my New Year’s Day taking down the Christmas decorations and storing the paper and bows, wreaths and angels, ornaments and nutcrackers...