My kids know how to show love to the people they care about most. They show compassion and empathy. Their little smiles bring big joy when they see you, then run towards you with arms wide for a deep hug. Their love is such a blessing to me! Continue reading
I know the deep contentment which comes with awareness of God’s presence. I also know what it is like to feel separated and unsettled, stepping forward blindly without fully trusting that God is taking care of me. Unfortunately, my trust in God’s guidance seems to ebb and flow – never ending ups and downs. Based on conversations recently, I don’t think I’m alone in this. Continue reading
How quickly time passes between Ash Wednesday (Ashes to Ashes: The Journey begins again) and Easter Sunday. Consumed by work, school, soccer and vacations, the days pass by and I yet again feel I did not set aside enough time to reflect during Lent. Prepared or not, we have now entered Holy Week. One last chance before Easter to consider how Jesus’ journey towards the cross should define my faith; define my very being. Continue reading
I like helping other people. I enjoy that warm feeling of self-accomplishment when a friend or stranger can move forward in life with a big smile and a problem solved because of something I was able to do for them. How wonderful when I have the available funds, spiritual gifts, or on rare occasion the time to actually help another person.
Let’s just stay blissfully ignorant, content by how our actions exemplify who we are and self-justified that we are doing quite enough to proclaim the God we follow.
Too often I must be reminded it is not this simple. Continue reading
In a recent discussion with a coworker, I shared that I was taking online seminary classes and had just started a new course. We had been discussing his new graduate level business program, lamenting on the time and work involved. I think how great it is to have that phase of life behind me, and make the same statement I’ve made the last 9 years: “I’m done with graduate studies, I’ve studied for and passed all of the right exams. No more school for me!” Continue reading
It is a big week in the life of the Christian church. Wednesday – March 1 – was Ash Wednesday. This day marks the beginning of Lent, the march towards Easter and our celebration of a risen God. Continue reading
Here I am – completing yet another chaotic work cycle – another insane push to meet a crazy deadline. (Actually – I missed my deadline by about 13 hours – my perfectionist self declares with disdain…) Continue reading