I decided to enlist some help for my post this week. My 11-year-old had his first communion last Sunday. The family gathered around as he ate the bread and drank the wine (which he loves, by the way)! It was a meaningful experience. I don’t remember much about my first communion. It happened at the same time as 8th grade confirmation (a rite of passage in most Lutheran churches) and I was probably just happy to be done with two years of classes! Continue reading
My summer “sabbatical” is over and it is time to start writing again. I’ve faced this with some trepidation. I’ve let my brain become sluggish this summer; I no longer trust that I might actually have words or insight people would care to read. This certainly makes it tricky to write a blog… Continue reading
I am 5 weeks into an 8-week online class on the Lutheran Confessions, a study of “the collection of Reformation-era writings that provides the scriptural and theological foundations for Lutheran faith and practice.” This may sound tedious, but it has actually been an enriching opportunity, with real life application!
In the middle of an online class, the thought of writing more words about faith – words I actually have to let other people read – is exhausting! I’ve written all these things for class – weekly posts, papers, peer responses – all carefully constructed! Why can’t I use one of those? Yet every time I try to go the easy route and “steal” a writing from class for my blog, my husband will inevitably tell me… “It’s good. But it doesn’t really tell any stories about faith in our family.” Continue reading
So, I have finally wrapped up this study on Global Christology. I’ve referenced this class nearly every week lately, so clearly the material was meaningful. In each course I’ve had the opportunity to take, I have been able to apply what we were studying to real life, which gives me the blessing to more fully step back and see how God weaves in and out of life moments, connecting life experiences.
It was a timely conclusion to our course – pondering who Christ is for humanity as we engage in the season of Advent and Christmas. Continue reading
I’m in the middle of my own personal “sabbatical,” taking a much needed break from the pressure to write with a self-imposed deadline. Yet an event has occurred which I just had to share…
This “blog” idea was planted by a friend nearly five years ago. I am not technologically savvy… So, without my husband’s encouragement and technical support, I would not have taken the easy steps to start a Word Press site. Yet here we are, with four years worth of weekly posts behind me, when this exact same friend suggests I put my posts into a book. “Great idea!” I said to her. But I knew – I would never exert the time and energy required to figure out how to create a book! I casually mention it to my husband, and then forget about it. Continue reading
Yet another work deadline was completed yesterday. It was draining – emotionally, mentally. I was dead tired, desperate for a mental break and more than 4 hours of sleep. I woke up this morning excited for the day – the sun was shining, I would have the entire day with my family, and I would not be required to go anywhere near my office! But the need to write something for this blog hung over my head – another nasty deadline drawing my attention away from the real world. Writing is supposed to be an escape for me, not a chore; it makes me sad to reach this point! Continue reading
My 9-year-old made a New Year’s Resolution: he would write in a journal every day. We sat together on his bed a couple of nights ago, and he showed me what he had written so far; little stories about his day, a note about a math test, frustration over a playground argument. I’m not sure where this sudden urge to write came from, but he seemed pleased with himself and eager to share. Continue reading