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….

There is No Rock Like Our God

Recently I have been reading in the book of 1 Samuel, and I have been captivated by the character Hannah. Hannah, the mother of Samuel is, in my opinion, an underrated character in the Bible. She appears in just a few short chapters and her son’s story far outweighs her, especially in regards to length,…

Cracked and Blessed

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. -Matthew 5:4 I have always wondered about this scripture. Why would Jesus say that those who are mourning are blessed? Some of the other Beatitudes are somewhat easier to understand. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Or “Blessed are the…

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

The second commandment, from Mark 12:31, tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. In previous years, our church has hosted a Taste of Africa luncheon. One of my fondest memories was the sense of excitement that many members of FUMC Hurst experienced leading up to the event. There was a buzz about the upcoming…

Secret Gift Giver

Last weekend, I received some interesting, unexpected gifts. As I was getting the mail from my mailbox, I noticed a small scrap of paper in the stack. These words were written in what looked to be a child’s writing: “Were happy to have you as a nabor.” Hmmmmm…..that’s odd—but it got weirder. Just outside my…

Unlearning

It all started as a simple game with a new puppy. You know the game. It’s the one where you take a (somewhat) loud, deep breath and then gently blow in the puppy’s face. The puppy then spends the next five minutes acting silly and nuzzling his face on the couch and blankets to make…