Celebrating Advent: A Guide for Beginners

In our family, life revolves on it's own little axis around Time. Just as the sun sets the seasons for the earth, Time sets the season of life for us as a family. The years do their work and we adjust our expectations and our decisions accordingly. We may find ourselves in a season of rest or growth … [continue]

Five Steps to Walking the Path of Peace this Christmas

With the holiday season in full swing, I find myself spending an absurd amount of mental energy on twinkle light to branch ratios and how to hide packages from prying eyes. I also find myself in a tug-of-war with my inner self, the self that longs for peace, and my outer self, the self that lives in … [continue]

There You Are: A Thanksgiving Welcome

She walked onto the stage with a microphone to magnify her slight Southern drawl. She looked into the eyes of the writers gathered in anxious circles below, and said, "There you are!" She paused to let the words sink in as she opened her arms, embracing the room in welcome. "We're so glad you're … [continue]

When the Weight of the World Weighs Heavy

The world weighs heavy on you. You turn from page to page, you scroll past outrage, you watch images that flicker like a film strip behind your eyes when you close them at night. You want to turn away, hide your face from the latest stories because they make a fool of your tears. Tears solve … [continue]

The Gift of Diversity: Post-election

I grew up in a church I loved, but couldn't wait to leave. It was small and I wanted bigger. It was simple and I wanted flashy. It was my dad's church, and after the fishbowl experience of life as a preacher's kid, I wanted a place of my own. It was also racially diverse, and what seemed normal to … [continue]