Oh my goodness, Texas. What do we even say about the week that has just passed? When I turn on CNN and see the news is mostly about us, I know it is not good. As you are aware, we'd already been living through this strange, scary, hard pandemic for almost 12 months now. We… Continue reading The Power of the Pity Pit
My husband will shake a thousand hands today. He is a school superintendent. It is high school graduation day for two of the larger schools he oversees. After graduation day his hand literally hurts for two days. He says it is one of those good kinds of hurts. I see it as one thousand stories… Continue reading New Life In Everything All The Time
Today, on the Monday of the Holiest of Weeks for Christians, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is burning. My Twitter feed repetitively showed the spire on fire and toppling over. I turned it off because watching it was scarring my soul. An on-fire crumbling steeple of a structure like this one seems too hard… Continue reading Too Painful to Watch…and Yet
Early in my ministry I had books of canned sermon illustrations. You could look up any topic and find a story, joke or charming anecdote. For example, JOY: Jesus and Moses were playing golf.... Thank God I rid myself of all those books. They were terrible. Thank God I learned real life was richer, fuller,… Continue reading joy.
It's just a simple wisp of an idea; one gentle thought. Author Cheryl Strayed brought it to my mind in a little book of her own quotes, Brave Enough. Put yourself in the way of beauty, she writes. That's it. She gives a whole page surrounded by white space to those seven words. It reminds… Continue reading Watch Where You Put Yourself