There are always alternative facts

Our son was at the age where he was losing the last of his baby teeth. He was also at the age of uncertainty of a tooth fairy. He was leaning toward believing this was another fable parents told their kids much like the more famous one about, well, you know…..the fat guy in a red suit. Jonathan called out to his dad one morning. The tooth still under his...

Do you observe or experience Holy Week?

Call it Passion Week or call it Holy Week but to me it feels like a week on a roller coaster and I can’t get off. The highs are high and have us stretching our arms up, waving them gloriously and then grabbing the crossbar in front as the dip snatches our breath and we are holding on as we round the curves of life. We aren’t merely observers, we...

Obedience or Sacrifice? (hint: sacrifice is the easier one)

“To obey is better than sacrifice, I want more than Sundays and Wednesday nights….” Those lyrics by Keith Green come back to me like a haunting. I haven’t given up anything for Lent in a few years and obedience? Does consistency count? I think Lament is a better theme for this season than Lent. As I understand it, the meaning of Lent is clear: sacrifice. Give up something. Not just...

The Cross

It was that year, the year I was searching a bit, stretching into a new journey. I’d claimed my faith the summer before, held it as my own, no longer accepting the hand-me-down faith from my parents. So when I saw that crucifix hanging in the seaside shop on a weekend with my cousins, when I saw that bold statement not part of our faith tradition I bought it. Life...

Sometimes you just need to play

The granddaughter was here last week. The three of us. Her spring break. Not ours. It was a week that reminded me why I was a SAHM (stay at home mom – gotcha!) when our children were children. For a person who likes to multitask, raising children and having responsibilities outside the home for 100 men and staff is harder to do at the same time than, say, doing a...

Journey

She rode her “motorcycle” across our living room floor. One side to the other, 15 feet maybe, and she said, “Whew! What a journey.” A journey it is for a 5-year-old using her imagination to take her to places with tinkers and princesses and cats in hats and a very curious monkey named George. Our thoughts this week journey with Jesus. We try to imagine the crowds pressing in on...

Perspective

This month has been a blur at times. It started with a week at our biannual conference with our ministry peers. I had one day in between that and spending the next week in Haiti on a team of much younger people, children and a different culture. One whole week at home doing the routine at the Center: teaching my graduate class, leading Celebrate Recovery and finalizing Holy Week plans....

Where did you see God today?

Meagan asked this question. At the end of a couple of long days, full, good but long. We gathered in a room that quickly heated with 11 bodies and the warm Haiti night air. The guys were aching for a shower or at least the fan to be turned on but we needed this time now. Before we all dissolved into our slumber. These times were quiet but thoughtful. Important...

This one

It’s this one, this picture that evokes deep emotion in me. These women strangers to me, each speaking a different language and living in such different places. But I think I understood her worship. And to me this one picture shows how much she is giving to God and how little I have. We talked this week about Mary, the sister of Lazarus and the story we read in the...