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…

Hot Dogs on the Brain

One of the dreams that floated to the top of the pile as the Missions Team and I spent time visioning was tailgating.  On the surface, it may be hard to see the value of tailgating, although with the food and fun involved, it’s not a hard sell. What is the value of tailgating? Relationships….

Thoughts While Roaming

You have probably noticed over the last few years that each Sunday we have one of our clergy “roaming” during the morning instead of participating in the leadership of worship. Whenever this is my responsibility for the morning I often hear, “Oh! You are off this morning!” If this has been you, I know you…

Holy Chaos

Last month, our family spent a week at Disney World. We’ve been before, and it is a wonderful vacation for us. All five of us looked forward to different rides, foods and experiences. One of my favorite parts of a trip to Disney, or really to anywhere, is the planning. I love to look at…

Strangers

When was the last time you struck up a conversation with a stranger? Growing up, I was often embarrassed by my mother who seemed to never have met a stranger. She would strike up conversations with people in line at grocery stores, talk to families sitting behind us at Rangers games and treat salespeople like…