This present trouble - our county, this world, my own aching heart... It can feel like a smothering weight. It is easy to look at what is happening around us and feel overwhelmed, sad, concerned and a bit lost. Our country is divided. There is so much violence and hatred. We are losing something precious.... Continue Reading →
"Just take one big step." His voice seemed to echo into the night. He'd already said it once before...or was it twice? I felt his hand on my back. Could he feel me shaking? I knew he wouldn't push me in. This was a decision I had to make. I looked behind at the other... Continue Reading →
There are moments in life that define you. Moments that you can't go back against. You are never the same after those moments. Something in you is irreparably changed, broken, shifted. Two years later it is still a mix of emotion. Half a world away everything collapsed.
Forgiveness is hard. It’s hard to ask for. It’s hard to give. It’s harder still when the roles are fuzzy, things are undefined, or the other person involved is gone for one reason or another. I am someone who readily says, “sorry.” Sorry for taking up space, for getting in your way, for being late,... Continue Reading →
These days are hard ones. I feel like I am barely holding it together or, more accurately, that God is holding my close, keeping me from breaking into a thousand pieces. I don’t know why I feel this way. Which might be okay cause then I’m not trying to “fix” it but just trusting God... Continue Reading →
Last week I wrote about the fruit of our life. How do we evaluate - or how do others know - that our faith means something to us? What is the mark that faith goes beyond words to choices, attitudes, decisions, and how we treat others? How does following God go from being something we say to... Continue Reading →
When we lived in Colorado we built two garden boxes for our backyard. D’s daughter came over and helped us put the boards together, tightening the screws and ensuring there were no gaps for dirt and water to escape. We filled the boxes with soil and then went to the nursery. As we wandered the... Continue Reading →
“This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” John 13:35 (MSG) Recently a friend made a decision that changed everything. The ripples left behind have caused a lot of pain. Some people are building walls, hunkering down, letting anger be their shield and protection.... Continue Reading →