On a scale of 1 to 10, how good would you say you are at forgiveness? Is it easy to let the frustration roll off when someone cuts you off in traffic? What about when a friend makes an insensitive comment? Or a stranger is rude for no reason? Little things like that don’t cause […]Read more "At Home in the Heart"
Here we are in chapter two of the Winter of 2019 story. Again we canceled meeting for worship–two weeks in a row!–this time because of ice, wind, and dangerous cold. (It is on it’s way to a low of -10 tonight.) So this post is a reflection in lieu of a longer weekly message. Ice […]Read more "Ice Isn’t the Whole Story"
When you were little and you needed comforting, what was it—or who was it—that did the trick? For me, the person who could always help me feel okay again was my Great-Grandma Roos, a playmate 77 years older than I was and an endless source of love, fun, and tenderness. If I woke in the […]Read more "The Comfort of God"
Just generally we humans don’t like surprises much, though there are few exceptions, like surprise birthday parties or romantic marriage proposals. But when you’re out playing tennis on a beautiful Thursday evening, laughing with your grandkids, the kind of surprise you don’t want happens when you go high to return a ball, and go over […]Read more "Finding the Path"
I’ve never been comfortable with the idea that we should somehow fear God, that we are in danger of losing God’s love—or worse, inviting God’s wrath—if we mess up or make bad choices or struggle to find the good in our lives. King Solomon, the wise son of David, wrote in Proverbs 1:7 that “The […]Read more "The Good Shepherd"
Well, you’ve probably already heard the sad news that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Friday, which means we’re in for six more weeks of winter. So don’t put your snow boots or shovels away just yet. It’s realistic to expect we’ll have more days of frigid winds and slippery surfaces. Which is depressing, isn’t […]Read more "Getting to Acceptance"
Don’t you just love a good movie? Movies give us common stories we relate to, with themes we understand and recognize—good versus evil, fish out of water, obstacles are overcome, true love is found. Movies also make us feel—we get temporarily transported into a new life, into new adventures, into a fresh world of possibilities. […]Read more "Stories & Stillness"