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The Pace of Progress

This summer I am teaching my daughter how to ride a bike without training wheels. If this sounds familiar, it’s because I taught her last summer as well. We didn’t quite get there the first time around, despite my high hopes. I had imagined her riding with her brothers down the cul-de-sac, finally able to keep up with the other kids in the neighborhood. I dreamed of taking bike rides as a family with everyone on their own bicycle. But that didn’t happen. Try as she might, she just couldn’t ... Read More »

Why I’m Glad I Write in My Bible

One of the reasons I prefer “real” books over Kindle books and other types of e-readers is my propensity to underline, highlight and make notes while I am reading. Something about the process of marking a particular word or phrase serves to cement the concept in my mind. My Bible is the place where I most often leave behind a trail of ink as I find particular words and verses meaningful. The Bible I use most frequently was a gift from my mother in 2000, so this book has been my ... Read More »

Journey to Utter Joy

Ommmmmmmmm. Imagine a room full of fourth graders breathing deeply and trying their very bests to balance on one leg without giggling. This was my introduction to yoga. Our teacher, Mr. Martin, was a free spirit from Mozambique who took time each day to push our tiny desks to the perimeter of the room and teach us a correct tree pose. There was a lot of muffled laughter and wobbly hips. Our daily practice ended abruptly when the principal got complaints from parents, but here I am, almost two decades ... Read More »

Uncertainty and Hope

It’s a funny thing to work on a church staff. You see trends ebb and flow. You see people join the church. You see people dig deep into their spiritual lives. You see the transformation that comes with surrendering yourself to God. On the other hand, you see people leave the church. You see people burn out or “give up” on God. You see the full range of human emotions. I attended a memorial service at the church a couple weeks ago. As I sang “Amazing Grace” with those that gathered to ... Read More »

Parrot Lost, Parrot Regained

My mom has two parrots: Morelia and Valentin. They are her happiness. They can sing five songs, three of which are praises to the Lord. Once, Valentin fell and lost consciousness. My mom provided first aid, and he woke up singing a song from his repertoire: “Christ is coming, there are signs. He is looking to save souls. I go with Him, I go with Him. I don’t stay, I go with Him.” My mom cried and sang the song with him, thanking God that Valentin had recovered. Now, Valentin ... Read More »

The Next Fifteen Years

I remember exactly where I was when the question came. It was last June, and my daughter, Emily, and I were on a trail at Calvert Cliffs State Park in Maryland. We were talking about her graduation in 2016 and her plans for the future. The conversation soon turned to me. She asked me how long I had been working at Floris UMC, and I told her 16 years. “Wow,” she said, “that’s a long time!” I said, “Yes, and I have about fifteen more years left to work.” We ... Read More »

My Story

Last week, at the last minute, I was pulled in to volunteer at our church’s Coffee with the Pastors as a table leader. For those who don’t attend Floris UMC, Coffee with the Pastors is a program that allows people interested in joining the church to get together and learn more about Floris UMC and Methodism. Even though I’ve been advertising these events on social media for about three years, I had never attended one. You see, my family has been attending Floris UMC since the late 90s. I attended ... Read More »

When It Rains, It Pours

I write this while sitting in beautiful Hilton Head, South Carolina where I am helping out my parents for 10 days as my dad recovers from surgery. Dad is closing in on 86 years old. Frankly, surgery is not something you wish on anyone of this age, and yet, it was the only option. He’s gone from shuffling around, to walking with a cane, to relying on a walker, to barely lifting his foot as the pain in his knee went on for almost six months. During the last two ... Read More »

More to the Story

I woke Easter morning with a song in my head: “Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!” It is my favorite Easter song, and I love to sing it. I was eager to get to church to sing it with the choir. I find Easter to be such a happy, joyful day. So I was taken aback by my response when we began to sing the song in church. ... Read More »

The Spark of Creation

Creativity – the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations; originality, progressiveness, imagination. My eldest daughter and I had the privilege several years ago of being in the cast of an original musical. The story and the music of the musical were written entirely by my friends, Don and Zoe. This particular story, the melodies and the lyrics were not present in our world prior to Don and Zoe deciding to bring them into existence. Something within ... Read More »

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