New Day, New Choices

For Lent one year I wrote a series of dramatic monologues featuring a scribe, a woman in the crowd, Pontius Pilate (the governor who had sentenced Jesus to death), and Simon Peter (one of Jesus' closest disciples). Each reflected on the choices they had made concerning Jesus, what led to their choice, and what if … Continue reading New Day, New Choices

Prompts to Get You Writing

When I first started blogging, I ended each post with a writing/reflection prompt, and  continued that practice over the years. Most of the writing prompts were questions based on a particular blog post, but sometimes I would include a suggested writing exercise: What helps you rest from your work? Are your neighbours strangers, acquaintances, or … Continue reading Prompts to Get You Writing

Resting in the One Who Is Faithful

When I started this website, I used the tagline “Spiritual Practice, Faith, and Life.” I really didn’t know what to call my new blogging venture, but I figured I had to start with something, and I could always change my title later. As it turned out, “later” came sooner than I expected, for the following … Continue reading Resting in the One Who Is Faithful

When Depression Seeps into Your Spiritual Life

When I heard of a new book about seven saints in history who struggled with depression and doubt, I wondered who it might include. Maybe Martin Luther---the great reformer of the sixteenth century---and his experience with depression. Or the twentieth-century Mother Teresa---well-known for her international charitable work---and her less well-known dark night of the soul. … Continue reading When Depression Seeps into Your Spiritual Life

A Promise of Healing, Freedom, and Joy

Have you ever received a star word? Some churches celebrate Epiphany by passing out stars with printed words to everyone in the congregation. Each star word is different---"delight," "compassion," "giving," or some other word that's meant to be a surprising and beautiful gift to ponder and carry into the new year. Just as the star … Continue reading A Promise of Healing, Freedom, and Joy

We Long for Healing

For 2020, my word of the year was journey, and I thought of it mainly in terms of my journey more deeply into the writing life. I was about to complete my first year as resident author with a liturgical worship community, and looking forward to developing further partnerships with other churches where I might … Continue reading We Long for Healing

The Top 10 of 2020 from April Yamasaki

This week I received a free calendar in the mail along with this note: I've never once felt the need to urge you to throw away something I sent you. But this year, PLEASE, throw away your 2020 calendar. Let's do our part to put this year behind us. In many ways it's been a … Continue reading The Top 10 of 2020 from April Yamasaki

Reducing Holiday Loneliness During a Pandemic

"Maybe having your husband home from the hospital will be a Christmas gift for you." "Then it better be an early Christmas present!" I thought to myself. In that respect, Christmas did come early for us this year, for after six weeks in the hospital, my husband has now been home for over two weeks. That's truly … Continue reading Reducing Holiday Loneliness During a Pandemic