Our Runaway Hearts

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 I didn’t recognize my own symptoms. After three weeks of summer travel and a jam-packed schedule I finally had a morning home ...

Entering into Lent 2018

Today, known as Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Church’s observance of the 40-day Lenten season leading up to Easter. I was raised in a home that had no religious underpinnings and in our own church tradition we have not routinely embraced observance of the Church calendar. For some of us, this may be ...

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“‎You’re not the same as you were before,” said the Mad Hatter. You were much more… muchier… you’ve lost your muchness.” “My muchness?” Alice asked. “In there,” he said, pointing to her heart. “Something is missing.” According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, muchness means “the quality or state of being in great quantity, extent, or degree.” The Mad ...

Invitations to Wholeness

I am meeting someone for coffee. I have never met her or perhaps I don’t know her well. At some point  earlier, however, she asked, “Can we go for coffee?” Every week (several times a week) I have the privilege of sitting at this table. Each person comes with her own story of brokenness. Brokenness ...

Weekly Lent Devotional

The season of Lent, the Church’s observance of the 40-day Lenten season leading up to Easter is just around the corner! This year Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14. So for the next 40 days (starting February 14th) I will be posting a weekly blog post centering around the season of Lent. Throughout the Scriptures ...

Lessons From the Gym #1

After a four-year semi-hiatus from the gym in order to pursue my doctoral degree, along with four gazillion other people in January, I returned to the gym. I knew going back would be difficult. It was worse had than I had imagined. I was out of breath, sweating, my were muscles shaking…and that was only ...

Living Freely and Lightly

Today I spoke on simplicity at our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. Living freely and lightly is not as easy as it sounds. Here are the highlights: There is a story about a spiritual seeker who wanted to spend a few days in a monastery. ‘I hope your stay is a blessed one,’ said the monk ...

Christmas Changes Everything

The story of our lives has more to do with what God is doing than our ability to manage it.  Gail Johnsen This is my all-time favorite quote about Christmas: “God has interrupted our ordinary expectations, as cherished as they were, to conceive something. We cannot manage it. We can’t even understand it. All we ...

Christmas is the most wonderful, awful time of year.

Christmas is the most wonderful, awful time of the year. Often we have created an image of Christmas that centers around a perfectly pinterest-decorated home, candlelight, neatly (or extravagantly) wrapped presents, and intact families cozied by the fire reading Christmas stories and eating cookies. Not that this is bad. It’s just not reality for many ...

Advent Reflections: Let the Weary World Rejoice!

For centuries, Christians made space in their crowded hearts at Christmas through participating in a daily devotion called Advent. The word “Advent” means “coming.” The season of Advent refers to the four-week period leading up to Christmas Day. Jesus’ coming was not just a one-time event as a child so long ago, but his coming ...