It’s Wednesday

Today is not our anniversary. It is not your birthday, or mine, or anyone else’s. There’s no holiday to observe, nothing in particular to celebrate. It is just Wednesday, and I want to tell you something. To say things have been busy lately–and by lately I mean the last 2-3 years–is an understatement. There may have … More It’s Wednesday

The Story

Originally published March 30, 2017 in response to the last attack on American healthcare and the Syrian refugee crisis.  Last week as I absentmindedly scrolled through Facebook the way we do, I saw a story on Scary Mommy called “What if it Were My Baby? The Importance of Putting Ourselves in Another Mother’s Shoes.” I skipped … More The Story

Look at Me

I almost did not open Facebook at all last Friday. I have started avoiding it more and more, or searching for particular pages and people whose new posts I am interested in seeing, rather than scrolling endlessly and taking whatever happens to be there. Because lately “whatever happens to be there” is more than I … More Look at Me

Enough

…Be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” -Hebrews 13:5 NLT When our daughter was five we took her to see the movie “Epic,” an animated flick about tiny people who live in the forest and travel by songbird and make clothes out … More Enough

Worry (Let it Fall)

Lord we need A new redemption day All our worries Keep getting in the way Won’t you help us please Help us find the words to pray To bring redemption day “New Redemption Song,” words by Linford Detweiler, performed by Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist (Over the Rhine) My husband and I are finishing up … More Worry (Let it Fall)

Day 6: Joy

“The weatherman says it’s miserable, but the snow is so beautiful….” Indeed, snow would be an improvement on the view out my window this morning. The gray sky is alternating between spitting tiny drops of water and raining so hard the sound on the roof is deafening. With the lights off, it could be late … More Day 6: Joy

Day 3: Light

When I was around five years old my mom and I went to Disney World with her best friend, whose son was a year younger than I was. Presumably it was before the age of height and age requirements on amusement park rides, because I have a single memory of that trip, and it is … More Day 3: Light

Day 2: Darkness

Oh little town of Bethlehem With your sky so black May God impart to human heart The wisdom that we lack “Bethlehem” Jack Henderson and Linford Detweiler, performed by Over the Rhine and Jack Henderson I spent the first 10 years of my life in a church that did not observe Christmas as a religious … More Day 2: Darkness

Not grow weary

I heard the indicator on my watch double-beep. The last waypoint before the end of my route was approaching. I knew once I crossed that point I would be home free. I might even pick up speed and finish with a sprint. But at the moment I felt like someone was physically pulling me backward. … More Not grow weary

On the fourth day

(Originally posted at Our Words Collaborative on July 8, 2016) One of the most powerful sermons I’ve ever heard was at a Christmas Eve service a few years ago, delivered by the lead pastor of the large community church we attend. He always nails the Advent story, bringing new life and different angles to it … More On the fourth day