Last fall, my husband and I were asked to lead a small group at our church: a dialogue on the refugee crisis. It wasn’t a topic we chose. To be honest, it is probably not something I would have picked if given the option. The facilitator books were really helpful, and led us through a 6-week discussion on Wednesday nights. Continue reading
The stars aligned, schedules and babysitters were coordinated, and I had the rare opportunity for a night out with some wonderful people this weekend. We enjoyed dinner, a few drinks, and many laughs! We ended our night with an escape room.
So, at 9:00 pm on a Friday night, the four of us were placed in a small room and challenged to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues and hints discovered in the room. Our ultimate goal: unlock the cabinet which held the gun to be used to kill Abraham Lincoln. We were very confident! We are smart women, and no doubt will find and solve the clues and save the President from imminent death! Continue reading
I have this bad habit… When I encounter some kind of problem or disagreement, I immediately begin to mentally run through the reasons why I am right and everyone else is wrong. Then I continue to dwell on it – to further convince myself that yes, I am most definitely right!
It is mentally consuming, and a major disruption in my attempt to live life. Continue reading
I had the opportunity to serve communion last weekend. This Christian practice of partaking in bread and wine comes in many forms and frequencies. I’ve communed in churches big and small, in the middle of a forest with a campfire nearby, and as a part of a wedding ceremony, including my own. Continue reading
So, I have finally wrapped up this study on Global Christology. I’ve referenced this class nearly every week lately, so clearly the material was meaningful. In each course I’ve had the opportunity to take, I have been able to apply what we were studying to real life, which gives me the blessing to more fully step back and see how God weaves in and out of life moments, connecting life experiences.
It was a timely conclusion to our course – pondering who Christ is for humanity as we engage in the season of Advent and Christmas. Continue reading
I came across a quote somewhere this week. I wish I could remember where so I could give the author proper credit. Basically, this quote said that having the label of Christian does not indicate that the person is or even intends to be concerned about the well being of others. Yikes – harsh!! Yet, alarmingly, too often a true statement of what we encounter in the world… Continue reading
As my kids grow up, I see them experience Christmas in a slightly different way each year. Each Advent and Christmas season will come and go… I see them ponder, appreciating the purpose of Christmas in a way that goes beyond the lights and the presents and the cookies. Continue reading