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...

How are you today? (please, just say "good".)

She was the kind of girl who didn’t know that the proper answer to the greeting, “How are you today?” was a simple, “Fine, thank you.” At 17, her answers tended toward ailments and bold statements like “my cervix hurts”. I’m not even joking. After a few of these revealing answers to my polite nicety I stopped asking. I didn’t want to know the details of her life. A teenager...

At the Crossroads

It could be my favorite story in the bible. My favorite story ever, maybe, this story of a son who was all grown and full of that knowing and left in the confidence of innocence. An innocence from living a life where it’s all there and so he took it for granted it would always be. It’s the favorite story of many, even people who don’t know much of the...

Truth Days

The summer air has been heavy, moisture clings to our patio doors in the morning. Maybe that is what’s making life feel heavy. It’s so much better when things are going as everyone would like but that isn’t real life and I’m forced to live in that. Denial offers only lies and I chose truth even when it carries struggle. A choice that seemed so right has me confused and...

My Daily Search for Peace

“High-strung” “Opinionated” “Outspoken” “Action-orientated” Those are all words that have been used to describe me. Most of them by my husband. Like most qualities, they can be both good and not so good. This week, they have been not so good. They have kept me in a state of agitation. I’m not sure why. Yes, it’s been a challenging week but that’s part of the job description in ministry. I...