Have you become too familiar with the noise?

We travel regularly for our work. We’re in hotels several times a year and we hope our room will have an a/c we can set where the fan continues to whir. We’ve had rooms where its constant hum lulls us to sleep only to awaken in the middle of the night to harsh silence. It seems an odd contradiction but you know what I mean. It can be hard to sleep...

What noise do you need to fight through to find peace?

It’s 8 a.m on a weekday when I go to our patio to soak up the morning sun. The palm trees barely move in the still air but sun is already warm on this February day. I take my iPad to read, still trying to recover from all manner of yuckiness with a sinus infection. I lean back in the lounge chair to the sounds of morning traffic on the...

Can peace be found in this noisy world?

Calvin’s is maturity. Matt’s is perseverance. Richard said his word is “love….love for myself” and I think that might be the bravest love any of us can have. It was in our New Year’s Eve worship and we spoke about one word to be a focus for our new year. We just spoke a minute or two, a simple suggestion but after we said the Lord’s Prayer together a few...

How can I listen with all this noise?

Listen Listen to the news, the traffic, the weather. Listen to little girl giggles and laughter filling the room. Listen to sorrow and grief and tears that fall quiet Listen to joy and sorrow and be thankful for comfort and mercy. Our world is noisy. It is polluted by the thump, thumping beating through the car next to me, the semi trucks roaring up the overpass, the horns blaring in...

Just now

I’m sitting outside of Panera Bread filling my body with sweet taste and my mind with sweet words as I read Two Minutes Grace, It’s Not Really About Me, words from a pastor in North Carolina who I’ve never heard but enjoyed his take on our desiring karma more than grace. I look at the lovely pictures from a far away place on Montucky blog and all the while the...