Great Is God’s Faithfulness

This has been a difficult week for our nation and for many of us personally. As a follower of Jesus, I am especially feeling the division, the fracture, the damage. I scroll social media and see people I’ve known for years, people who have sat beside me in church or served alongside me in ministryContinue reading “Great Is God’s Faithfulness”

Joy — Looking Back On 2020

Each year, I choose #OneWord to focus on. With much prayer and meditation and intention, I choose my word. Then I watch how God unfolds the year within that theme and focus. For 2020, my word was JOY.  I know. Right? Clearly I didn’t know at the end of 2019 that 2020 would not exactlyContinue reading “Joy — Looking Back On 2020”

The Compassion of Jesus

When my kids’ dad died, they received cards and visits and gifts from several adults who had also lost their father when they were children or teenagers. Having experienced the trauma of losing a parent so early in life created a special sort of empathy in these people’s hearts.  That’s how it often is.  WhenContinue reading “The Compassion of Jesus”

Good News

Christmas is the Incarnation of God’s upside-down kingdom. Mary understood that.  “. . . he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.” (Luke 1:Continue reading “Good News”

A Puzzling Dichotomy

One day a new kid strolled into 9th grade health class and sat behind me. A plain white t-shirt, faded Wranglers, boots – this kid looked like he’d just stepped out of “The Outsiders.”  There I sat. Ninth grade me. Permed hair. Braces. Probably wearing a sweatshirt that said “My foot is on the ROCKContinue reading “A Puzzling Dichotomy”

Grief and the Holidays

Ready or not, we’re entering the holiday season of 2020 – a year filled with loss and grief and a lack of normalcy. With Covid deaths rising to over 250,000 in the United States, some of us are grieving lost lives this year. We’re also grieving lives lost from other sicknesses or accidents. And inContinue reading “Grief and the Holidays”