Wednesday of this past week was Ash Wednesday, which marked the beginning of the Lent season, the stretch of 40 days leading up Good Friday. Typically, this would be the week I bring a message based on Jesus’ time of trial in the wilderness. And that really is what our message is about today, although […]Read more "Create in Me a Clean Heart"
When is the last time you were really curious about something? And what were you curious about? It may happen more often than you realize. Maybe you wanted to know what the weather would be like for the weekend. Or you wondered what your friends were posting on social media. Or you wanted to know […]Read more "Holy Curiosity"
I am sure you have noticed this: We are living through an exhausting time. The relentless cycle of news, the rancorous political climate, concerns about our environment, worry about those who struggle, who are in need, who are sick and vulnerable—it’s overwhelming. With all this as the backdrop, we are still doing our best to […]Read more "A Heart Refreshed"
Sometimes in my work as a hospice chaplain, I feel like I’m a citizen of two worlds. In the here-and-how, I’m supporting patients and families in whatever way seems to fit the needs of the moment best: just being there, listening, caring, exploring questions, reading scripture, getting coffee, holding hands, offering prayer. But I am […]Read more "Lessons from Eternity"
Well, last weekend, as many of you know, I had planned to brave the January cold and make my first attempt at kayaking in the beautiful new kayak my kids gave me for Christmas. But it turns out that the winter weather—with ice and 40 mile per hour wind gusts—proved to be too much for […]Read more "Mending the World"
Preparing this message for you this week I felt a bit like one of the magi, following the star, up and down and all around as my curiosity led me first from one idea to another and then another. The initial inspiration came from a quote I read in the book, The Work of Christmas: […]Read more "The Wonder of It All"
Have you ever noticed that we say the word hope a dozen times a day? It’s so much a part of our daily thoughts and conversation that we rarely notice it. I hope it doesn’t snow. I hope the crowds aren’t too bad. I hope the mail comes soon. I hope you have a merry […]Read more "A Living, Renewing Hope"
Did you have a favorite book when you were little? Maybe you liked Gulliver’s Travels, Oliver Twist, or the Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys series. You might have read the Doctor Dolittle series, like I did, or enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books, long before the television show made the stories part of our […]Read more "The Secret Garden"
Suppose you were walking with God in a beautiful field—just the two of you—on a perfect fall day. There are wildflowers all along the path, you hear the songs of birds overhead, butterflies are moving lightly from blossom to blossom. The two of you walk along, easily, casually, and after a time of sweet and […]Read more "One Question for God"
When I was in first grade, I was invited to go fishing with my friend Michelle and her parents. As a city kid growing up in a neighborhood of mostly asphalt and concrete, I was thrilled when my mom said yes and we made our way an hour and a half south to their favorite […]Read more "A Fish of a Different Color"