Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday

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Weighty Reflections

I came across a meditation this week: The Divine Mirror (written by Richard Rohr and included at the close of his book The Universal Christ). I’ll attempt to summarize, and pray I do not mis-represent the words, themselves eloquent and very worthy of a full reading.

Rohr writes that a mirror receives and reflects back without judgement or commentary – we are the ones who add that. We know ourselves as reflected to us in another’s eyes, through which we receive our identity – either good or bad. When we learn to love anyone or anything, they have somehow “mirrored us truthfully yet compassionately to ourselves.” God’s mirrored message – when we choose to receive it – is good and life giving. (More words of wisdom on this are found here… I know my own quick summary is inadequate!) Continue reading


What do we leave behind?

I experienced some firsts this week; at least, since the pandemic and the phrase “social distancing” began. I was in a group of people. I ate in a restaurant. I hugged someone outside my immediate family! All on the same day… Why? I attended my uncle’s funeral, my dad’s oldest brother. Funeral restrictions are now being lifted in my home state. We were allowed to gather; masks were on and distances maintained – at least for the first half of the day. As the gathering progressed it became more difficult to follow those rules, even when you know they serve an important purpose. (I pray we do not come to regret anything from this gathering…) Continue reading


Rest, Reveal, Respond

In the week following Memorial Day, our little family took an actual vacation in the midst of a pandemic. I can hear the audible gasps now. Do not be alarmed! I can assure you that we made very safe choices and remained socially distant the entire time. We kept to ourselves in a small cabin in the Black Hills of South Dakota. For most of our stay, I felt more secluded there than in our normal sequestered life here at home in the Omaha metro. 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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Finding Home, from Home

My 7-year-old daughter is getting fed up with this “stay at home” thing. She understands it – thank goodness. She’s mature enough to comprehend why it is important that we stay home, and recognize that this is something we must do. This would have been so much harder two years ago! Amazing the growth we’ve seen in the logical thought process from this spunky little girl… Continue reading

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The Promise of Life, Here and Now

In the name of finding creative ways to honor Holy Week, our family watched the 2003 epic film The Gospel of John. This three-hour motion picture is a word-for-word adaptation of the Gospel of John. The production quality is mediocre, and the fact that nearly the entire cast is Caucasian is mildly troubling. But it really does follow the text closely. I had the ESV Gospel of John in front of me for most of it, and the kids and I could track it almost perfectly. Continue reading

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A constant truth in a changing world

I realized this week that I have not really allowed myself to feel anything the last few weeks. I ponder the strangeness of our new reality, help make decisions about how to adapt, wonder how many weeks/months this will actually last… But I have not felt anger or sadness for my own current reality. Continue reading

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Is it okay to enjoy the “new normal”?

Another week down in what is called our “new normal.” It was hard to decide what to share this week. What I wrote last week… 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 still holds true. Will it begin to feel normal, and if it does what will it feel like when we are on the other side of a pandemic? 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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Raising the next generation

There were a few moments during this past week when I found myself gazing at my dear children with sentimental reflection, considering what intelligent, kind, funny and wonderful little humans they are becoming. (To be fair, I also had moments of furrowed brow, seriously questioning their ability to make decisions and concerned about their overall lack of judgement… Thankfully their endearing moments are far more memorable!) Continue reading