A Sojourner’s Home

Ever been a stranger in a strange land? Think of a time when you walked in a room and knew NO ONE. Suddenly, a friendly person warmly greeted you and included you in the group, instantly putting you at ease. What. A. Lifesaver. If you and I welcome strangers, are they really strangers any more? (I…

Small great things

I recently read this book. It’s written for adults who like to view a story from three different characters’ perspectives, or lenses. The story is deep and wide and made me confront some of the lenses I use to view others; while I already try my best, when each of us get new information, it’s…

Goose on the loose

I really, really like animals…until they get in my way. There is a community of wild geese that have been hanging out in our church parking lot lately. Sometimes they are quiet and calm and congregate in one small section of snowy ground (like a morning Bible study). And sometimes they are loudly honking, spread…

Lonely Crowd

Our houses/schools/jobs/family/friends/streets/city/government/world are so, so loud. ~The truth is, in the midst of the chaotic loudness, Winter life can be lonely.~ We’ve just celebrated 10 weeks of holidays, from Halloween to Thanksgiving, from Christmas to New Year’s. All of this holiday stuff wrapped in meticulously tied bows (okay, thrown into gift bags) surrounded our minds…

Nine Ladies Dancing

Today, 9 ladies are dancing. All day. (According to the 12 days of Christmas song, we are on day 9 today, January 2nd!) Happy New Year! 2019 will be a great year, I just know it. And the fun part of early January is that we get to enjoy the rest of Christmas!! I’ve got…

Merry Christmas – party tomorrow

Christmas Day was yesterday–how was it? Wonderful? Full of joy and togetherness? Piles of wrapping paper and boxes all over the house? Whether your day was loud and bright or quiet and sweet, I hope God’s love filled your heart and your hands as you lived into Jesus’ light.   = ) Let’s keep the party…

A big little gift

Happy (Church) New Year! The Advent season has begun, and this is a time when we get ready for Christmas. We prepare our hearts, our minds, and our actions for celebrating God’s long-awaited gift of Jesus Christ. This time can be a mix of happy and sad emotions, as we bring all of our hopes…