Christmas Light

Christmas is a lot more cheerful for me these days than it used to be.  In addition to the joy that sharing Christmas with our children brings, I really am happy to be at a church that has one Christmas Eve service instead of five.  I feel like I really get to worship on Christmas […]

Blue Christmas (a sermon for the Longest Night)

Luke 2:1-20 2 Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to enroll themselves, everyone to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up […]

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 […]

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 […]

Great Expectations – Advent 1

Lamentations 3:22-23 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a] his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Yesterday some children and adults gathered to make Advent wreaths.  As we decorated the wreaths with baubles and ribbons and candles, we talked about how we mark time with the wreath, each […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]