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
My daughter and I are slowly working our way through the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This was a beloved series in my youth. I read and re-read each book. I could probably tell each of the stories from memory! Continue reading
It is easy to advise someone else: trust God and find peace! But sometimes I fail to take my own advice. I feel a need to have it “together” all the time; to be stoic and in control of my emotions. So the story I’ll share this week almost seems like a confession… Continue reading
We dropped our almost 8-year-old off this afternoon for his first week-long summer camp. Given our history with this particular outdoor ministry, this was a pretty momentous occasion for our family. (See Ministry with a little elbow grease.) I was eager to write about this big day. But given the senseless violence which has saturated the news this week, I feel I must assess our day from a different angle. Continue reading
As summer approaches, I’ve been able to enjoy one of the many benefits of a longer day. As the sky in the east just barely starts to turn pink, I awake well before the rest of the house and go outside for a run. It is quiet, it is peaceful; the air is cool and clean, and the roads are empty. The morning sky provides a stunning view. Good for my body and soul! Continue reading
We hear throughout the Christmas story God’s message to Mary, Joseph, the shepherds – do not fear, but trust! I’ve got a plan. It may sound a little crazy, but do not be afraid. I’ve got this! Continue reading
We are in the midst of Advent. Advent – the arrival of a notable person or event. Advent – derived from the Latin word for “coming.” Advent – a season observed in Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
We are in this season of joy and hope and peace! Yet I rarely feel peaceful. I find myself in stalled traffic or long lines at the store – the ironic sound of “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas” playing in the background as I’m silently cursing the noisy and sometimes vicious crowds around me. The “to do” list piles up! (It is a bad sign when baking Christmas cookies with your kids becomes just another thing on that stressful list of things to get done before December 25!) Continue reading