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)”

A blessing for those who pastor us

We have embarked on the journey of discipleship. And we have answered the call to pastoral ministry.  Some days we feel we are on pilgrimage Some days we feel we are wandering in the wilderness But wherever we go, God is with us.  Sometimes we are placed Sometimes we are sent Sometimes we are calledContinue reading “A blessing for those who pastor us”

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”

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”

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)”