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…

Spoiler Alert

When a new movie is released, or a highly anticipated episode of a TV show airs, the internet and news media are full of posts and articles that contain the phrase “Spoiler Alert.” If you see that phrase, you know that you might find out something that might ruin any surprises for you.  It’s like…

The Journey to Easter

“When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.”—Luke 9:51 I’m trying to imagine what Jesus might have been thinking as he “set his face” to go to Jerusalem. There’s never been a time in my life when I had to set my face to…

Music Speaks

It’s been said that Methodism was “born in song.”  I can believe it.  Charles Wesley, one of our founders, wrote more than 6,000 hymns. He and John Wesley understood the power of music to reach people’s hearts and minds. There are messages that music can convey in ways that prose or even poetry cannot. I’ve…

Familiar Stories

If I had to guess, I would guess that my family is not the only one that has stories. You know those stories, the ones that almost always get told whenever the family gets together. We’ve all heard them time after time after time. I’ve heard them so many times that I could tell them myself….

Wilderness Wanderings

We are moving – not churches (that I’m aware of!), just houses.  I HATE MOVING! We have just started packing and it feels like it will never end. Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited about our new space and yes, it’s a great time to clean out the extra junk. I love projects…