Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday

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Gathering for food: the sacred becomes routine

One of the primary benefits of being stuck at home, and one of the strangest shifts in reality as the world shut down back in March, was the ability to eat meals together at home as a family. To try new recipes, savor meal preparation together, better engage the kids in the planning, preparation and (most importantly) clean-up.

At the beginning, I remember counting out our meals in a state of wonder: that’s 6 meals in a row together at our table! Then, 10 meals in a row, then 15! Then you stop counting as it becomes the “new normal.” For a long time we actually tracked all of our lunch and dinner plans in a little book – it helped us to plot out new recipes, strategize our limited grocery store visits, and challenge us to avoid duplication. Continue reading


“Completing” a task which is never truly complete

I completed the last course for the certificate program last week, four years in the making. Let’s revisit… what is a “Certificate?”

A certificate from Wartburg Seminary demonstrates either basic or advanced mastery in a specialized area of ministry or theological studies… This certificate is earned by the completion of eight courses, taught in a combination of online and on-campus intensive courses, covering Bible, church history, theology, and electives. Continue reading


Deeper Still

First thing tomorrow morning, bright and early at 8:00 am, I begin the very last class for my 8-course online Certificate in Theological Studies. My final class is an introductory study of the Hebrew Bible. The goal, as written in our syllabus: To assist students in entering the delightfully diverse and expansive conversations of the Hebrew Bible in order to grow in their own understanding of biblical faith and to gain resources to continue the living biblical conversation in their places of ministry. This final class was intended to be live – in person within the walls of Wartburg Seminary! It is actually meant to be taken early during the Certificate program but I pushed it out, finding it difficult to commit to one full week away from home. Continue reading

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To Abide: a Passive or Active State

In a weekly zoom bible study this week, those little boxes on my screen filled with smiling faces spent time exploring the word “abide.” I had considered the topic myself for quite some time but had nothing insightful to add. So, I stayed silent the entire conversation – which left me uneasy, unsure if my musings had any purpose. Continue reading

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A big responsibility for changing times

It is a challenge to find the right words to share at this moment. The “right words” do not exist. There are memes and social media posts and news articles out there which have said it all, expressing the confusion and fears we all cope with. I’ve got nothing to add. So please – no expectations of any great insight here!

But writing soothes me; helps me to make sense of my own thoughts and feelings in uncertain times. There are many things I cannot do now, but writing and posting online is not one of them! Continue reading

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A Belief Statement

Sitting around the dinner table the other night, my kids began to recite the Apostle’s Creed. I don’t remember how it began – one started to speak: I believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Then in unison they continued: I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord. Continue reading

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Wait, when is Christmas?!

We were sitting in church last Sunday, dutifully listening to the sermon. The Advent decorations surrounded us – blue banners, candles, a brightly lit Christmas tree. At one point I see my son grab a piece of scratch paper from the seat in front of him, and begin to scribble out some words. He quietly passes the card to me.

It reads: “Shouldn’t it be a new year on Christmas? Didn’t time that is not… BC start then?” Continue reading

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New Challenges: trusting the right voices

Our family has discovered a new, local destination TreeRush, where you are harnessed in to “discover the excitement of zip lines, suspended bridges, rope ladders and other aerial surprises in an old-growth forest.” We visited once last summer and we were hooked! Recently, we decided to buy a season pass for 2020 – which means that the gifts under the Christmas tree this year will be very limited. But for some fun with family, thrill and adventure, and quality time outdoors, both kids seem eager to give up a few presents. Continue reading


A Special Event

I decided to enlist some help for my post this week. My 11-year-old had his first communion last Sunday. The family gathered around as he ate the bread and drank the wine (which he loves, by the way)! It was a meaningful experience. I don’t remember much about my first communion. It happened at the same time as 8th grade confirmation (a rite of passage in most Lutheran churches) and I was probably just happy to be done with two years of classes! Continue reading