Make an offering of frustration.

The fall schedule is upon us! After more than a year of everyone in my family being in the same place all the time, life has exploded. Four different schools and school schedules, three different jobs and work schedules, church roles, life management. I like new starts usually. For me, fall has always meant anticipation […]

Stop saying, “I’m Fine” when it isn’t true

I asked, “How are you?” They responded, “I’m Fine.” Only I knew that wasn’t true. It’s happened more times than I can remember. The woman whose husband is leaving her. The family whose new baby is in intensive care. The twelve-stepper who is in the middle of a really painful fourth step. The man who […]

A Dirty Worship Experience

This is not the dirt you’re looking for. Several summers ago we built five raised garden beds in our backyard.  We love having fresh veggies and herbs around.  It’s hard to beat a plate of garden-fresh tomatoes and basil, drizzled with a little olive oil.  But building the beds was only the beginning of the process. […]