It was nine very short weeks ago when I posted Diving In. I was preparing to start two fairly time-intensive faith formation studies, and I was faced with both excitement and trepidation. I asked myself: Can I really do both and give each the time and spiritual attention they need? Continue reading
My family and I had the opportunity to worship last weekend with friends at their Catholic parish. As a life-long member of an ELCA Lutheran church, I know we have our own long-held traditions. Our Lutheran worship services are liturgical by design; there is an order to it which might seem foreign to someone new. But wow… that is really felt during the Catholic service! Stand up, sit down, kneel, speak some words, utter a cued response. It makes one feel a bit out of place! Continue reading
As I mentioned last week in Part 1 of my two part series… I am taking an 8-week online class about the writings which provide the scriptural and theological foundations for Lutheran faith and practice. As this posts, I have two weeks to go – a bittersweet thought. How can you be eager for the homework to be done for a class you intentionally chose to take because you like doing the homework?? Continue reading
I often tell my kids: Trust me! They should feel safe telling me or their dad about their thoughts, feelings and fears; always able to approach conversations with honesty. Questions are welcome. Truth is required! We must experience this trusting parent/child relationship now – practice for the future when more challenging life experience will inevitably occur! Continue reading
“Homework” as an adult takes on a whole new level of meaning and impact. For the Quest study I am participating in (see Diving In) I was asked last week to consider five different questions. Five questions which lead to reflection on relationship with God.
Two such questions: Where are you and Who told you that? To put these another way… Where are you in your journey with and towards having complete trust and faith in God, how does that define who you are and how you live in the world, and from who or what do you source your response? Continue reading
Warning: My thoughts this week definitely show the “nerdy” side of this Journey to Find God I keep writing about! I’m really into these readings from the 1500’s – writings by early leaders of the Reformation. It is surprisingly relevant hundreds of years later. How amazing that we connect to people who lived so many years ago, in a different part of the world, stumbling through life and coping with many of the same questions we face today.
Have you ever felt afraid to question your belief? Maybe it’s fear that you will ask a stupid question and show your ignorance? Maybe you are afraid questions equal lack of belief? Through asking questions, we might appear vulnerable. Continue reading
I was asked to join a study with a small group of women from my church. It is a short 6-weeks with videos, group discussion, daily journaling and scripture. I pondered for a few days; I talked to God. I have a hard time telling anyone ‘No.’ Yet I did not take this decision lightly! I have a busy schedule – but don’t we all? My biggest concern… I am still taking online seminary courses and I have a class on Lutheran Confessions this spring, an 8-week course on “Reformation-era writings that provides the scriptural and theological foundations for Lutheran faith and practice.” Can I really do both and give each the time and spiritual attention they need? Continue reading