Simple Gifts

Every year we complain."The traffic is terrible!" "The lines are ridiculous!" "The stuff is out in October!" "If i hear one more Celine Dion 'O Holy Night,' I'm going to puke!" "My credit card bill is outrageous!"And then, every year...every year of the world...we do it all again.Why do we think this is what the season has to look like? We've been programmed, is why. And who is programming us? Retailers. Credit card companies. The vast and varied entertainment industries. They are counting … [Read more...]

In the Presence of the World

Until we understand what the land is, we are at odds with everything we touch. And to come to that understanding it is necessary, even now, to leave the regions of our conquest--the cleared fields, the towns and cities, the highways--and re-enter the darkness of our own absence. Only in this silence and darkness can man recover the sense of the world's longevity, of its ability to thrive without him, of his inferiority to it and his dependence on it. Perhaps then, having heard that silence and s … [Read more...]

How God Gets Stuff Done

Other people have said it--have been saying all week--but it bears repeating: God does not 'intend' rape. Ever. Are we really having this conversation, America?Abortion is bad, m'k? We are all in agreement on this, whatever you may think of those who advocate for choice. I have another post with my thoughts on life , if you want to go there. But for now, let's reflect on the appalling truth that a man like Richard Mourdock (did you know who he was before yesterday? me neither) can use the … [Read more...]

A Bad Political Hair Day

My goodness. I am so grossed out, i do not know where to start.Wait, yes i do. Mr Trump--you have bad hair. It makes you look like a ridiculous charicature of yourself. But since you are a (straight white) man, nobody much cares. Well...a straight white man with big ol' piles of cash. You can say and do whatever you want. You can sleep with whomever you want. You can 'fire' whomever you want--and get paid for doing it in an entertaining fashion. You can put a resort or golf course anywhere you … [Read more...]

just say grace

God forgive us: when we would rather be right than do right.God forgive us: when we would rather feel good than do good.God forgive us: when we would rather have justice than do justice.God forgive us: when we would rather speak of You than work for You.God forgive us: when the people you 'hate' look a lot like the people we hate. God forgive us: when fear speaks louder than mercy.                                     when 'not enough' talks over abundance.                         … [Read more...]

One More Piece of the Puzzle

On a lighter note... One of the most miraculous parts of parenting, by far, is listening as the pieces of the language puzzle click into place. Even though i've watched it come together with the first kid, it is no less of a wonder the second time around.One day they are screaming, crying, flailing little animals. Then they are saying short, single-syllable nouns. 'Dad'  'dog' and 'book' ranked among the first at our house. Then the single-word utterances take on purpose and urgency. 'Milk!' ' … [Read more...]

Primetime Throwdown (yes, Brian Williams just said ‘throwdown…’)

It was a long night.I went to sleep at a decent hour, then woke up at a distinctly INdecent hour, and lay awake until right around the time my kids started stirring. Isn't that always the way...Normally, I'd attribute my nocturnal twitchiness to some ill-advised afternoon coffee, or a pressing deadline. But no. I woke up in the middle of the night, rehashing the presidential debate; and in my sleep-deprived mind, it sounded something like this: 'did not.'  'did too.' 'nuh-uh.' 'yes-huh.' 'he … [Read more...]

Like a Child

We are celebrating Children's Sabbath at church this week. As i think through what that service should look like, I am mindful that it should not just be a service for children. It should be one that honors the spiritual gifts that children possess, and recognizes them not as the 'future church,' but as fully active and vital parts of the body, right now.Scripture refers to God as "father" so often, that many people hold a firm image of God as not only parental, but fully male. Even those of … [Read more...]

In the End, There’s Cake

My kids have birthdays this week. They will be 2 and 4. And while I know this is where I'm supposed to say "I can't believe how fast they're growing up!" what I really think is, I can't remember a time when they weren't around. In many ways, they've been with me forever.The almost 2-year-old has a new favorite word--why. And, as only a small child can do, he throws this one-word question around as though it had three-syllables, rather than one...uh-WHY-ee. (Kind of sounds like 'hawaii.') … [Read more...]


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