How Can This Be? Christmas, Calling and the New Year

“Our class still gets to do the nativity scene,” my son shared over breakfast.  “I’m going to be a wise man,” he declared proudly. “We each got to choose what part we wanted. All the girls wanted to be Mary.”  My son’s pageant excitement sparked my own imagination. Perhaps as a seven-year-old girl, being MaryContinue reading “How Can This Be? Christmas, Calling and the New Year”

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”

Advent Hope

Sometimes, familiarity is reassuring. Like traditions, familiar stories and routines can make us feel safe and secure. It’s why little kids like reading the same book over and over and over again. It’s predictable. They know what to expect and what will happen. It’s soothing and satisfying. But, sometimes, familiarity can be boring; repetition canContinue reading “Advent Hope”

Holiday Season Blessing

May you honor the unexpected gifts of delight, even when they are born of grief. May you savor the joy and goodness of the now, even as the season change looms. May all that you bring to this day from seasons past enliven this one. May all that you choose to carry on from todayContinue reading “Holiday Season Blessing”

Ordinary Time

We find ourselves in the last stretch of ordinary time.  Soon we are moving into Advent: the coming. A season of preparation; a time of anticipation. In advent we mirror the ancient wait for the birth of the Savior, but we also join with all of creation in waiting for the second coming of ChristContinue reading “Ordinary Time”

For Everything A Season

I was invited to preach at Orrville Mennonite Church on Sunday, November 14, 2021. This is part of the message I shared, reflecting on the practice of re-membering: putting back together the stories of our lives in faith.  There are many things that the experience of a global pandemic has revealed. For me, one suchContinue reading “For Everything A Season”

Conversations with Silence

Change, upheaval, grief and disappointment have all been significant components of my 2021.  As we move into the final weeks of the year, my hopeful and aspirational word(s) for the year– create + release, have fallen to the background, and the words cozy + less have been coming to the fore. I set a fewContinue reading “Conversations with Silence”

Prayers for my People (Christmas)

When the light is dim And we wonder… Remind us that you come to us For we are waiting When faithfulness means movement, fear and upheaval May we still be faithful When the Good News threatens those in power and the status quo May we still be faithful When your kingdom revelation is obscured and slow inContinue reading “Prayers for my People (Christmas)”

The Promise of Advent

Prophecy is only good news to those who are hurting– a word of hope to the lamenting, to those who are longing There is only resurrection when there has been a death Hope is only an act of faith when the circumstances reek of despair The welcome and warning of advent: Things will change ItContinue reading “The Promise of Advent”