The one question people have been asking this week

The woman in front of me in line at Costco turned and asked, “Do you have power?” I felt embarrassed to say yes. It was three days after Hurricane Irma swept through our area and tens of thousands in our county were still without electricity. “You look happy. You must have power”, said the technician administering my exam. “Do you have power?”, asked the nurse and over and over strangers...

Do you find safety in routine?

“This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that.” Matthew 5:45 Message Routines are good. Routines feel safe. On Wednesdays, I plan our Sunday worship gathering. Our congregation is men living in our residential rehab program....

When prayer gets scary I look for a rainbow

At a time when the residents around Houston have finally seen the sun, when the water has begun to recede and reveal the destructive nature of Hurricane Harvey, at this moment when we’ve sighed a collective exhale, we are keenly tuned into the weather channel for updates on the new threat to our comfortable lives. Hurricane Irma is headed this way and she is fierce. This way meaning toward us....

Trusting God on the Unfamiliar Road Ahead

I keep trying to know who I am. Now. In this part of life that is leaving me feeling stranded on a dirt road with nary a sign in sight. Writing helps me process. It often reveals answers or offers a glimpse of possibility. In seeing the words spelled out, black on white, 14-point font, I may see answers, if only for today. But with retirement less than two years...

Who are we when the storms rage?

When hurricane Katrina hit (ironically a few days away from being 12 years to the day of Harvey), there were mumbles it happened to the city of New Orleans because of their wicked ways. It was God’s judgment. I heard the implications from people I knew and was horrified these thoughts could come from people of faith. Houston has more mega churches than any city in America. What are people...

Do you need a break today?

I don’t often take breaks from my blog because I fear I’ll lose what few readers I have. I’m trying to learn to let go of a lot of things and counting the numbers is one of them. It’s hard, because what other measure do we have of if we’re good enough at our craft? I thought the week away, in the mountains surrounded by a different view of creation,...

Turning the Calendar

We’re turning another page of the calendar and my mind keeps turning over questions I’m trying to answer. Days that once passed with barely a tick-tock now sound as loud as the chimes on the grandfather clock that hung in mama’s house. They clang and echo urgency: now, now, not tomorrow. I’m searching for answers to questions I’ve never asked before. I’m feeling burdened by the privilege of decision. As...

Try it, you’ll like it, maybe {#fmf}

As parents and caretakers we urge children to try it; the broccoli, swim lessons, piano, and sleeping with the light off. We stand beside them, urging them through life. “Just give this a try, you never know”, we say. As adults, when the urge to try something comes from outside sources, the resistance is still there. The stubborn woman that I am, I’m more willing to try something that’s my...

Ode to summertime

It’s summertime and the forecast is the same day after day humidity heat rain repeat It’s summertime lawns are green from the rains but I am wilted from the heat humidity in my soul moisture clings and streaks down our windows like it steams my lenses thick blurs humidity heat rain repeat It threatens to steal energy and will It threatens to rob desire and creative pursuits Am I battling...