This week my too-much-to-do list includes connecting with my publisher about my next book, confirming the text and title for my next sermon, starting my class prep for Sabbath: A Life-Long, Life-Giving Rhythm, tending to my social media and the Facebook pages for my church and writers' guild, picking up my husband's medications from the … Continue reading Too Much to Do? Choose the Better Part
Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of an "atmospheric river," but by now those of us who live in British Columbia have become all too familiar with the term. When one of those rivers in the sky released its torrent, we experienced such massive flooding and mudslides that my city and our … Continue reading Hope Is Drawing Near
When I read the long list of author acknowledgments and the many stories in Living Connected: An Introvert's Guide to Friendship by Afton Rorvik (New Hope Publishers, 2021), my first response was "Wow, this author is definitely living connected! How does she do that as an introvert?" Full disclosure, Afton and I are part of … Continue reading Living Connected in a Disgruntled and Disconnected World
"Dear Friends . . . we have confidence before God" (1 John 3:21). That’s an amazing statement of faith, isn’t it? In this ongoing pandemic that has re-shaped so much of life, in times of loneliness and distress, in times of illness and loss---dear friends, we have confidence before God. When you spend two days … Continue reading Dear Friends, We Have Confidence Before God
In my last post, I shared an imaginative piece about Simon Peter looking back at some of his choices concerning Jesus, especially in the final hours before Jesus' death. Originally written as one of four dramatic monologues for Lent, it was a fitting stand-alone piece just before Easter. Now on the other side of Easter, … Continue reading Was That Really Me?
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
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
In the midst of great distress, some say that they no longer want "thoughts and prayers." In the face of tragedy, these words may come across as an automatic reflex offering little comfort or real empathy. They may seem a weak substitute for the concrete action needed to address pressing problems. As one mother whose … Continue reading We Need Your Positive Thoughts and Prayers