Practices That Keep Us Sane – Part 2

A few years ago I heard a surprising definition of the word, “circumstances”. Circumstances means “standing around”. Hmmmm. Interesting. The more I thought about it, the more I understood its meaning. Circumstances are those things that are standing so close to us they block our view of God. They crowd in until all you can ...

Practices that Keep Us Sane in a VUCA World

No doubt our lives are on edge. Just look at the empty grocery shelves. Managers at Costco have to separate people fighting over water. Unwanted, and especially unexpected, change grabs the accompanying fear of the unknown. We panic. We become paralyzed. We tuck in. We grab whatever makes us feel safe and secure. There are ...

The Land of the Speaking

Lent has been equated with the spiritual geography of the wilderness. This is where Jesus was driven by the Spirit after his baptism in the Jordan River. The 40 days of Lent originate from the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. No one likes the wilderness. With no familiar markers to guide us, we ...

Pay Attention to Your Stirrings

According to the traditional church calendar, today is known as Epiphany. Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season. I love Epiphany. Epiphany comes on the heels of the New Year and offers the same invitations to something new. Epiphany celebrates the pilgrimage of the Wise Men to seek, and subsequently find, the Christ child. ...

Perfectly Imperfect

I put out my Christmas decorations today. I love the way my home looks at Christmas; the lights, the colors, the candles. Some of my favorite decorations are the creches (nativity scenes) my husband and I  have collected from our various trips around the world. The hand-carved olive wood creche from Bethlehem, of course, commands ...

Advent: Let the Weary Souls Rejoice

Today is the first day of Advent. It’s perfect timing. For too many weeks I have lived outwardly and inwardly rushed. I feel scattered and find myself whizzing through my obligations without time for any kind of reflection, space, or meaningful connection to God and even those I love. Sheesh. All my good intentions have ...

Can We Be Real?

We are just a little ways into Lent. I am surprised how quickly my resolve to live differently dissolves into my old and familiar patterns of living. Humph. I thought I was stronger, more capable than that. This is what makes Lent so valuable. Lent is a time of looking honestly at our lives; a ...