It’s Wednesday. Last week Monday, a member of my church died. She was our matriarch. In her honor, we had a time of singing and prayer instead of the usual sermon during our worship service on Saturday. Minutes after worship, I got word that another member had died. She’d been sick for a while and […]
The gift of the unexpected
As I got closer to my favorite coffee shop, I could tell it was full but I chose optimism, parked my car and went inside. The owner saw me, smiled, then looked around seeing what I had just seen—not a single seat. I kept looking around; maybe I’d missed one. As my eyes looked left […]
Back to the baby days
No. I’m not having a wee one. It’s that the days feel as unpredictable as newborn days, unpredictable except for the sleepless part. But replace sleepless with restless. I sleep but I’m worn out. Forever tired. At least 8 days out of 7. And so often wondering, is this it? Is this really going to […]
Pandemic reflections. Good for the soul.
Reflecting… Roughly two years ago, my church began hosting the Learning Hub. It would be a semester-long adventure of making sure area elementary school students had a safe place with WiFi in which to do online school. It was a tough journey. There were a few days when we were short on volunteers. One of […]
A tribute to Carolyn, to those she loved, and to those who loved her.
You can’t map out everything. You get a text that someone is back in the hospital. You’re out of town. You get back into town and finally visit. You have a great chat, even laughs, and promise you’ll be back soon, internally denying the gravity of things. You get back three days later because they’ve […]
Is that really what it’s about?
I scanned the article and the comments. It was about evangelism, what’s icky about it, what methods seem to make no sense. Evangelism is “the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness,” something I had zero problem with as a child, grew to question as a teen, and have grown to […]
The Story of Nina (Part 1)
To Whom It May Concern, Nina was just trying to take two good steps after what felt like a thousand bad ones—a thousand and one if you count the eggs she over-boiled for breakfast that morning. She’d woken up without an alarm, promptly beginning what she hoped would be a manageable morning routine—drink a cup […]