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Facing Our Shadows

Each year when Groundhog Day arrives I am inevitably reminded of the Bill Murray classic of the same name in which a disgruntled and unhappy man is faced with the question, “what would happen if we were forced to repeat the same day over again until we got it right”? Murray’s character, Phil, is cursed to repeat a celebrated holiday in which humanity anxiously awaits the response of a groundhog required to face the fear of its own shadow. Should the groundhog see its shadow and retreat back to safety, ... Read More »

Alive Again

Music has been hard for me for the past year or so. I know this seems strange coming from someone whose career is fully entrenched in worship, but at some point it simply stopped bringing me joy and singing started to feel like work. Music – the medium from which my very soul and essence were molded – no longer brought me alive. I drove to and from work in complete silence and rarely played songs simply for enjoyment while I cooked or cleaned. This is the second time in ... Read More »

This is Me

Today, I did things a little differently.  There was no sudden urge to wake up and try to do ten thousand more things that I could not accomplish but would make me anxious anyway.  There was no mad dash to put in my contact lenses that give the false perception of perfect sight.  I was not rushing past the mirror after my shower; fearfully dreading the steam evaporating too quickly and forcing me to take in the visage of my less than perfect physicality.  The frantic search for my body ... Read More »

Overcoming Baby Dragons

Yesterday, I did battle with our coat closet and I won! Only two of us live in our home right now and yet, for some reason, our reasonably large coat closet was full to overflowing, junk strewn all over the floor. If a guest arrived at our home last week and handed me their coat to hang up, I would have strategically thrown it over the back of a sofa in our living room. But not anymore! I have conquered the dragon! I am a Shield Maiden of Rohan, Ruler ... Read More »

2018: The Year of Reclaiming Christ

It is hard to believe that another year is just hours away from being done. I think for many, 2017 was far from a perfect year, with natural disasters, flawed human choices, and news outlets constantly imparting the state of “crisis” our world is in. Combining this with personal struggles, a lot of my friends are happy to say, “Good riddance,” and “Get behind me, Satan.” My year was less than stellar, but I know I will try to look ahead to 2018 with more joy and hope than fear. ... Read More »

Longing for Light in the Darkness

Some days, I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. I watch the news and wonder if we will ever, ever figure out how to stop hurting one another. Advent is meant to be about longing, but I want to skip Advent and rush to Christmas because longing is messy and uncomfortable. We are yearning for the coming healing, we are hungry for the almost-but-not-yet Kingdom. On some days, the Kingdom of God seems very far away. As a follower of Jesus, uncomfortable feelings of sadness, anger and ... Read More »

What God Would Want for the Christmas?

What is the first Christmas you remember? The first Christmas I remember was when I was four years old. It was also the first time I went to church after being invited by my childhood best friend and her family. I think it was a Christmas Eve event for children, complete with a children’s pageant and nativity scene. I don’t remember all of the details, but I do remember Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. Amazingly, I also remember what we sang that night: “Silent Night”. And of course, I ... Read More »

‘Tis the Season

It’s that time of year. Earlier this week I stopped to pick up butterscotch krumpets for my father-in-law and saw the familiar red kettle and heard the distinct bell ringing-the Salvation Army is out in full force. I stood in the checkout line and smiled as I watched the man in front of me ask for change. I knew exactly where he was going. Recently I discovered that the Salvation Army has its root in Methodism. In 1865, William Booth, a Methodist pastor in England, and his wife Catherine wanted ... Read More »

The Longer I Wait, the Deeper I Know

J.K. Rowling first dreamed up Harry Potter in 1990, while on a train from Manchester to London. She finished the story in 2007 with the final book in the seven-novel epic. Now, that’s a long story. Those who followed it all the way to its conclusion were held in suspense until the very last pages. We were all surprised by the ending — all of us, that is, except J.K. Rowling. She clearly had planned it all from the very beginning; she always knew how it would end. This is the ... Read More »

Humble Beginnings

This Thanksgiving was a simple one for our family.  It had been a rocky few months with work and potential financial setbacks that I defaulted to my most instinctual response to my world spinning out of control:  I wanted my family.  So, this year, we spent Thanksgiving with my mom, my younger sister, and my hero, my grandmother.  My grandmother is 90-years-old and will be 91 in January.  She still makes the best yeast rolls (a BIG pull to family meals at my mom’s house), looks like she may be ... Read More »

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