Rituals (an Easter Message)

I’ve been thinking a lot about rituals these last days especially. Probably because Holy Week is always full of them. Palm Sunday we process in with the palms and say “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Maundy Thursday we have holy communion and the stripping of the altar. Good … Continue reading Rituals (an Easter Message)

In the Bleak Midwinter

Reflections on Shuffle-Play So far, what have I done that has made this Advent season different than any other?  Let’s see, I have been slowly feeding my “piggy bank” for ELCA World Hunger.  I found a five-dollar bill in the cemetery the other day and put it in the piggy bank instead of using it … Continue reading In the Bleak Midwinter

The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (an exercise to write a reflection each day on a song from my morning run) God has made everything beautiful in its time.  – Ecclesiastes 3:11   Oftentimes a word or a phrase will get stuck in my head.  Especially as I am praying over a certain text or a certain thought or … Continue reading The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Even If

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the daily exercise to write a reflection based on a song from that morning's run) There are two pivotal words in the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The words are “even if.” If you grew up in the church you likely have known this Bible story most of your life. … Continue reading Even If

Chocolate

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where she writes a reflection based on a song from that morning's run) Sweet days. This life has had a few seasons that were so sweet. Days when I couldn’t wait to wake up in the morning because there was so much joy seeping into the hours. The first summers … Continue reading Chocolate

Finish Line

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where I write a reflection each day on a song from that morning's run) My husband’s parents died in 2007 - his father, Butch, in January and his mother, Dottie, in August.  Our eldest, Owen, was just one year old then and our baby, Jesse, was born in June of … Continue reading Finish Line

Nothin’ on Me

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where I write a reflection inspired by a song from that morning's run) I do not have high standards when it comes to movies. Basically, I’m content if there is a happy ending. However, I was watching a made-for-TV movie the other day that was so unremarkable I simply couldn’t … Continue reading Nothin’ on Me

Sunday Morning

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where I write a reflection based on a song from that morning's run) I didn’t lead worship today. I get a few Sundays off each year and while it is nice to have a Sunday now and then to not extend the mental energy toward preparing a sermon and not … Continue reading Sunday Morning

Tripping Billies

Reflections on Shuffle Play (an exercise in which I write a reflection based on that morning’s run) I wish I kept count of all the times that people talked about calories, points, diet, or weight over the course of our Thanksgiving festivities. It was the first Thanksgiving of my life I was feeling comfortable in … Continue reading Tripping Billies

Losing My Religion

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where I write a reflection inspired by a song from that day's run) Dieting is so much like a religion. Think about it: It’s common in religions to have lists of actions that are permissible to do and not permissible to do. Diets are entirely made up of those kinds … Continue reading Losing My Religion