Saying Goodbye with Hello Just Around the Corner

I have just four more days as lead pastor of my church where I have served for over twenty-five years. I've already preached my last sermon. I've already been blessed by many prayers, cards, hugs, gifts, fun surprises, and beautiful words. These last few days are actually vacation days for me, but they and the … Continue reading Saying Goodbye with Hello Just Around the Corner

I Can Be Brave for You are Behind Me, Before Me, Beside Me

Ever since Mel Sawatzky read his "Psalm 23 in El" at a writers' gathering, I've meditated on the psalm with different letters of the alphabet and invited readers to play along. I'm happy to report that we've now completed 13 of the 26 letters of the alphabet! Below is my most recent version using the … Continue reading I Can Be Brave for You are Behind Me, Before Me, Beside Me

Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

I paid a visit to one of our church seniors who has not been able to participate in worship as she once did. Yet while she feels physically weak in some ways, her spirit remains as strong as ever, for when I asked, "How are you?" she said, "I'm so grateful that I hardly know … Continue reading Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

Self-Care, Friendship, and Chocolate Cheesecake

One of my friends lives in another town about an hour’s drive away, and at least once a year, she makes the trek out on a Sunday morning to hear me preach. After worship, we usually have a long, leisurely lunch followed by a not-so-leisurely walk in a nearby park so we can burn off … Continue reading Self-Care, Friendship, and Chocolate Cheesecake

A Spirituality of Imperfection and Self-Care

I'm glad to be part of the Godspace writers' community, for we share common interests around spirituality, sustainability, and social justice. I've published on the Godspace site before with articles on Lent, hospitality, and other topics, and I'm glad to contribute this month on Four Gifts and self-care. Our theme is a spirituality of imperfection, which Christine Sine … Continue reading A Spirituality of Imperfection and Self-Care