"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
When I'm tired of words, I find refuge in silence. In fact, as much as I love words, praying in silence has become one of my favourite ways of praying. Sometimes it's a sacred pause to pray before a meal. Sometimes silently praying along in our corporate prayers as a church. Sometimes simply sitting quietly … Continue reading Sitting With God: Show Up, Let Go, Open Your Heart
Friends, I'm tired today. Are you? Tired of the novel coronavirus that's still causing illness, suffering, and death. Tired of the racism and injustice that continue in spite of massive protests. Tired of those who say black lives matter while acting just the opposite. Tired of words, words, and more words. Today I'm even tired … Continue reading You are Here, Moving in Our Midst
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