Commit to Pray

CPS hires an astounding 200 caseworkers every month. I thought it was a typo. It’s not.

365 Fresh Starts

Ahhh, January. The month of setting a New Year’s resolution, choosing your word of the year, setting up new habits, cleaning out closets, reprioritizing, setting goals, etc. The list of “fresh start” types of things goes on and on. Some of us might be great at sticking to our “fresh start” ideas and others of…

Christmas Presence (See what I did there?!)

Merry Christmas! I write this despite the fact that I have already seen Valentines and St. Patrick’s Day items in the stores. I write this despite the fact that many are so “done” with Christmas that they can’t wait to get their decorations down and house cleaned for the new year. I write this as…

Once More, With Feeling!

Two weeks ago, I attended closing night of White Christmas at my niece’s high school. I went to support my niece in her work as the sound designer. The bonus is that White Christmas is one of my favorite movies. I was excited to see how it was adapted for the stage and I was…

Moments of Stillness

In this busy season it can be difficult to find moments of quiet, reflection or stillness.  This week in particular seems to have been packed with places to go, people to see and schedules to keep. Yet in the midst of the activity I have been blessed by moments of stillness. Moments where I was…

Secret Santa

Today, I saw God on the internet. I saw God on a site called Imgur, which is full of memes and comics, pictures of pets, life stories and general internet strangeness. The internet community of Imgur has a long standing tradition of hosting a Secret Santa. Members submit their names and are assigned someone to…

A Season for Intersectionality

I am a strong advocate for intersectionality. I first heard the term during my time in undergrad (more specifically, my first semester in the social work program). Merriam Webster’s Dictionary says this about intersectionality: It’s been around since the late 1980’s but intersectionality is a word that’s new to many of us. It’s used to…

Bringing in the Sheaves

When I was 23 years old, I began to serve as a church minister in a small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My parish was very poor and small with only about 50 members. We had no building so worship was held in a shed with members and their children sitting on the…

A Mother’s Hug

We were invited to practice lectio divina during our staff devotional time. As a reminder, lectio divina literally means “divine reading.” It’s an ancient spiritual practice of reading, meditating and praying on a passage of scripture intended to foster connection with God. That day, the passage was Psalm 94: 17-19: If the Lord had not…

The Screw

Ten years ago, my grandfather wrote a book called “Do You See What I See? Musings on Life at 83.” In the book are 723 entries; most only a few lines. Each one a perception, interpretation, reaction or comment. Entry number 714 stood out to me this morning, so I share it with you now: …

I’ve Always Hated Reading

True confession . . . as a child, teen and young adult, I always hated to read. I absolutely hated it. I would read what I HAD to read for school and nothing beyond that. There were even a few times in high school when I paid my little sister to read novels to me…

Detours & Blessings

The Hurstview/Pipeline intersection was closed AGAIN. It’s not just the way I get to the church but also the way I take my son to school each day to avoid as many lights as possible. But now I had to find a different way. So, I drove through one neighborhood to avoid one school zone,…