Love, Generosity, and Potato Chips

Announcement: MennoMedia has been doing a series of author interviews, and it was my turn to be interviewed this week on "Self-care in a time of COVID-19." The video is available on the MennoMedia Facebook page. And now for today's article. . . . When I reach for a snack, I'm much more likely to … Continue reading Love, Generosity, and Potato Chips

Reading My Way Through Tsundoku

One of the few Japanese words I know is tsundoku. While it's new to me, it's actually an old word that dates from at least the Meiji era (1868-1912), and it means letting books pile up to read later. Or as we might think of it today, tsundoku is "the art of buying books and … Continue reading Reading My Way Through Tsundoku

Easter for Everyone

This weekend many churches will celebrate Easter online by livestreaming their worship, including their music, sermon, and even communion. For some congregations, this may be nothing new; livestreaming has already been a regular part of their ministry to connect with people beyond their church's physical location. For others, worship online means acquiring and learning new … Continue reading Easter for Everyone

A Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness

As we enter this Holy Week before Easter, it's been four weeks since our congregation has been able to meet in person for worship, and there's no telling how long this coronavirus pandemic will last, or how many more weeks we may need to worship apart at home. While we wait, I'm grateful that here … Continue reading A Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness

Come, Let Us Worship, Come What May

On the day that our province declared a state of emergency, I received an email asking for permission to include some of my writing on a new worship website. How strange, I thought. Here we are in the midst of pandemic with new cases of COVID-19 increasing daily, the death toll rising---and I'm being asked … Continue reading Come, Let Us Worship, Come What May

Are You Tending a Deep Hope?

My brand new, fresh-out-of-the-box amaryllis bulb did not grow and bloom last year as I hoped. I followed the step-by-step instructions---I put the premixed potting soil into the plastic pot, planted the bulb so the top third remained exposed above the soil, placed the pot on a table where it would get indirect light, and … Continue reading Are You Tending a Deep Hope?

Stories of God’s Provision

In high school I wrote poetry and other stories, but never thought of writing as a possible career path. Instead, I felt most drawn to social work. As I read the words of Jesus in Luke 4:18-19, I imagined myself living them out in some form of community service: The Spirit of the Lord is … Continue reading Stories of God’s Provision

When You Love a Prodigal: Banishing Fear and Leaning into God’s Love

When Judy Douglass and her husband agonized over their son and his destructive choices, they turned to friends around the world for prayer support. Over time their call for prayer turned into an annual Worldwide Prodigal Prayer Day with several thousand first-names-only on the prayer list. "Almost every family I know has a “prodigal”—someone who … Continue reading When You Love a Prodigal: Banishing Fear and Leaning into God’s Love