Still Struggling with Santa . . . and Myself

Two years ago, I wrote a blog for the church about my struggles with Santa Claus now that I am a parent: The Grace of Santa While I have come to terms with those struggles, I have come up against another with regards to gift giving and parenting: Why does Santa always get to win? …

No Crib for a Bed

For several weeks, stores and radio stations have been playing Christmas music. I find myself humming or singing along, and I often get phrases stuck in my head for days at a time. One phrase that has really jumped out at me this year is from Away in a Manger. Away in a manger, no…

God’s Whole Creation

In preparation for the season of Advent, I recently began reading a study called All Earth Is Waiting (by Katie Z. Dawson). In it she writes: “The vision of God’s kingdom that we hold in our hearts is a fulfillment of God’s plan for the whole creation. Theologically, we are invited to imagine that the kingdom…

Problems with Pie

This week I will celebrate two holidays, Thanksgiving, of course, and my own personal holiday, Pie Day. Pie Day falls on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and is the day I dedicate to making the pies for whatever dinner I am going to the next day. I have been celebrating Pie Day every year since I…

Gratitude and the Gifts of Aging

I write today (Monday, November 12) knowing that next week we will be called to offer thanks for that which we are grateful in our lives, our country, and our world. It occurs to me that I may have never considered just how powerful the word ‘gratitude’ is. It really does seem, though, that I…

Hope in a Foreign Land

It is hard to put into words how exciting it is to serve at the First United Methodist Church of Hurst. I began attending FUMC Hurst a few years ago. At that time, I was working as a baggage agent at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Over time, steps were taken to add me on to…

Moanas and Spider Men

What do Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Wonder Woman and Philip Rhodes have in common? They were all partying at Trunk or Treat last Sunday night! I thought Laura Dunlap’s Philip Rhodes costume was inspired, but clearly Leonard Murphy took the biggest risk as RBG!! Once again this year, FUMC Hurst Trunk or Treat was super fun….

Consistency Through Change

“The only thing that is constant is change.” -Heraclitus This quote is not at all comforting to me. If I’m being completely honest, it creates worry and anxiety for me (mixed with a little bit of excitement on occasion). This Socrates quote: “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on…

Beyond Anything We Can Imagine

We don’t always know what God will do with the gifts that we’ve given, but we trust that it’s so far and away beyond anything that we could ever imagine…

That Blessing Seems Fishy

The past nine weeks we have been studying the Beatitudes in worship. We have heard the word “blessed” quite a few times. We’ve thought about what it means to be “blessed.” We know that God gives blessings to those we might not expect. As humans, we tend to see things in binary terms: us vs….

Catching My Breath

It is not unusual for me to get caught up in the activity of life – busy tending toward hectic. Lists of things to do at work and home run through my mind, and it becomes difficult to just sit still and be. Yet, I long to just be. To be present with my family….