Have You Lamented Lately?

Did you know that nearly one half of the Book of Psalms are of lament and complaint? It seems that in the voicing of lament, we are not just complaining to God, but that we somehow meet God, and are transformed by it.

Pruning in the Time of COVID-19

It is one of those things that I know is SUPPOSED to help my plants look better, but cutting them back always has seemed so sad to me.

The Beloved Community

We live in a culture that glorifies the busy and over committed, and our youth have learned that from us.

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…

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,…

We Need Each Other

In July, I had the great privilege of joining our Senior High students and adults on their mission trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. As many know, I have lots of experience with children birth – sixth grade, but I have always been a little intimidated by them once they move on to junior high and high…

Closer to God

How many times in my life have I been envious of those who get up an hour early each morning for devotional/scripture reading and prayer time? I imagine them in a comfy chair in a clean room with a cup of coffee or tea and a candle lit. These people always seem to have an…

Preparing for the Mystery

I am a part of a United Methodist Clergy Moms Facebook group. Earlier this week one mom posted about what a “bad mom” she was that she was so late in getting things for her child’s Easter basket, and my immediate reaction was, “Oh no! I haven’t even begun to THINK about that!”  Then I…

The Sacred Ordinary

On Monday morning I was home with a sick child (he’s just fine now!).  To be honest, I was so tired that I was a little thankful to have an excuse to stay home and be with him. But first, I had a few work things that needed to be taken care of.  As I…

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? …

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…