2017-12-14-reflection

Inner Voice Calling

Perhaps you’re one of those people who is peaceful and calm during this season, with gifts long ago carefully chosen and wrapped, all the menus planned and groceries purchased and with plenty of time on your hands.  If so, perhaps it’s best not to say that to the rest of rest; I suspect it wouldn’t go over very well!  Instead, most folks I know are busy spinning plates right now—juggling holiday preparations on top of ordinary life. 

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2017-12-07-reflection

It’s All a Story!

I was so moved—and horrified—by the story of our preacher’s father in the Indian boarding school. In painful and powerful ways, it shed light on something in my own family’s story…

It is incredible to be listened to so deeply…

It was easier to tell my story than it was to listen to others’ stories closely enough to engage with them meaningfully…

It is amazing how someone can be seen so vividly through the stories told at their funeral…

My spouse wondered why I was attending this workshop,

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2017-11-21-indigenous-people

Healing and Hope

So often, I’m blind to just how blind I am.  The recent movie, Hidden Figures, about the brilliant black women who served as ‘computers’ at NASA was a part of our history to which I had been completely blind.  So, too, this Thanksgiving I learned about the Navajo code talkers whose incredible efforts changed the course of history in World War II.  There are so many inspiring and heartbreaking stories that remain hidden to us.

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2017-11-22-reflection-300x299

Happy Thanksgiving

I give thanks for all of you, as I reflect on the many blessings of my life. And I offer this  prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson:

Lord, behold our family here assembled.

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2017-11-16-reflection

Allowing God to Care for Us

Life can be challenging sometimes.  My friend Sarah has been going through a challenging time of late.  In a recent meeting with a spiritual director to talk through what was going on and try to see how best to move forward, Sarah surprised herself by curling up on the sofa with a blanket.  Toward the end, as they were summing up and Sarah was feeling heartened by a sense of greater clarity, the director asked her what God was saying to her.

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Prayerful Resistence

Here we are again, reeling from horrific violence inflicted on innocent people from one to 77 years old while they worshiped in church.  It comes just weeks after the tragedy in Las Vegas.  Five years ago, on the same weekend that I met members of the search committee from St. Simon’s, the massacre of children Sandy Hook shook our nation and the world.  Since then, according to one article dated October 3, 2017—so it did not include Sutherland Springs—the U.S.

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2017-11-02-reflection-300x300

What Matters Most

I am allergic to cats.  And when I say allergic, I mean off the charts allergic. I vividly recall having to go home from a sleepover because I couldn’t breathe and my eyes were so red and itchy I could no longer see.  Or the time when someone thought my allergies were just in my head and so told a party host to hide their cat in another room—she’ll never know,

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2017-10-26-reflection

Bridges Get Stepped On

When you’re a bridge for people, you can’t be surprised when you get walked on a little bit.  What words of wisdom.

Jasmine Mullen is the front singer for a rapidly rising—as in Rolling Stones’ Top Ten New Artists You Need to Know—pop, soul and rock ‘n roll sound I had the privilege to hear in a live performance last night. Together with her cousins, twins,

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2017-10-19-reflection

What’s Your Story?

So, what is your story?  What has shaped and formed you in the past?  How do you make sense of what you’ve been through?   I remember working for Xerox selling, copiers and fax machines right out of college, and finding myself wondering, not how many copies they made or whether they needed one side or two, but how they made sense of their experiences and what they did with their joys and hurts. 

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Kingdom Math

I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted by the polarization and division that are the norm these days in nearly every arena. We are encouraged to focus on getting our needs and wants met in order for us to be happy. But it is never enough. In truth, we are more informed by competition and sibling math—that somehow including others means less for us—even though as Christians we are called to be conformed to kingdom math,

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