From Surviving to Thriving

**This is a sneak peek of the first in our From Surviving to Thriving devotional series over at Some Comfort and Joy. Be sure to subscribe here to receive the entire series free in your inbox this fall! “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and whenContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving”


From Surviving to Thriving

Anxiety and exhaustion can plague us when our resources are in high demand. Using Psalm 139 to guide our reflections, we will explore grounding practices that nurture our wellbeing in the midst of the many caregiving roles we fulfill over on my collaborative devotional project Some Comfort and Joy. In our series introduction, Gwen writes:Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving”

Thanks for Being Here: Uncle Dan

I love listening to Kelly Corrigan’s podcast. For the last while she has a short post each Sunday morning entitled “Thanks for Being Here” in which she reads a tribute submitted about someone’s loved one. I’m sure that was part of the swirl that prompted me to process my Uncle’s illness and death in thisContinue reading “Thanks for Being Here: Uncle Dan”

Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 3)

This is not the story I thought I’d be living.  And yet here we are.  What can be done to help the caregivers around us? How can we protect our health and well-being as we care for our families? What can we do to make caregiving sustainable?  Here are a few ideas This is theContinue reading “Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 3)”

Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 2)

I’m not a caregiving expert, but I am a person with a caregiving experience.  In my previous post I set forth some context for caregivers. It’s my hope that as you find yourself in a story you wouldn’t choose to be living, you can experience compassion and grace for yourself as you realize you areContinue reading “Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 2)”

Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 1)

We know death comes for us all. There is no escaping it. But when you or a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis, everything changes.  Suddenly, this isn’t the story I thought I’d be living. I don’t expect you to care about my particular story, I told the caregivers gathered in the church fellowship hallContinue reading “Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 1)”

Dust to Dust

Today, Christians around the world receive the mark of ashes as a sign of repentance and a reminder of our humanity. That our lives are finite. That all of us will die. Ash Wednesday is the threshold into Lent. We remember that death will come, but that is just the beginning… Lent is a seasonContinue reading “Dust to Dust”


The capstone of the Christmas season in the liturgical tradition is Epiphany– the church festival that commemorates the coming of the Magi. Epiphany celebrates light, creativity, and revelation. For the next seven weeks, Gwen & I will be offering an journey through this liturgical season. You can follow along at Some Comfort and Joy toContinue reading “Epiphany”

Holy Terror

Apparently being chosen by God for something wonderful is also a bit scary. Think about it– every time angels show up, there is the admonition to “fear not!”  Have you ever noticed how often through the nativity story (and scripture as a whole) people are told to fear not? This thread of response leads meContinue reading “Holy Terror”

Divine Intervention

We read about God’s action in the past through scripture.  We experience God’s presence with us now through the Holy Spirit, and we live in hope of Jesus’ coming again. But these familiar truths can become lost in the comfort and routine of our ordinary days.  The people of God in the first century, those whoContinue reading “Divine Intervention”