There are many things people do not warn you about when you become a new parent. I have already blocked from my memory the many things I did not know from that precious yet terrifying baby stage… At this older stage, it is the impossible questions which have given me pause. It is not even the fact that they are asked, but the unpredictable timing! Continue reading
Holy Week has come and gone. This is, without question, my favorite time in the church year. From Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we have the opportunity to experience the Scripture. We get to walk through a week so devastating, yet so wonderfully perfect. The life and divinity of Jesus, his ministry and the wholeness of God’s steadfast love for his creation becomes real and honored. Each year we read the same stories, repeat similar worship traditions – yet this week is impactful deep, deep down in my soul in a way words can’t do justice. 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
As I prepared for Christmas this year, I focused on keeping it simple and keeping it consistent. So, we’ll end up at the same house, same people, same schedule, practically the same menu and maybe even the same clothes. We’ll likely sit in the same spots as we gather around the same decorated tree to exchange gifts. I love that my kids have this simple tradition; each year, they are able to anticipate a warm and pleasant Christmas, celebrating with the people who love them the most! Continue reading
When I walk towards the elevator at the end of a long work day, my eyes are usually glued to my phone. This is partly to take my mind off whatever unfinished business I’m leaving behind, but also to get an update on what I missed in my real life. On one particularly stressful day, I found this message from my 5-year-old’s teacher:
“[Your daughter] had a great day! She went above and beyond today and I really appreciate it!” Continue reading
I was asked to respond to a question this week about “lavish love.” Where have I seen it in my communities? How did it offer an example of God’s active redemption? Did it result in transformation, abundance, healing or justice?
I struggled with the question. Sure, there a ton of stories of love. But are they lavish?! Continue reading
On Easter morning, we wake up early and get dressed in pretty, pastel colors. We eat big, elaborate brunches and search for colored eggs in the now green grass. We stand together in our churches, filled with fragrant flowers and adorned with white and gold. We proclaim “He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!” And we believe it.
But do I live it? What does Easter Sunday mean for me and the way I live my life? Continue reading