An Invitation to be Lonely

  My husband’s out of town this week and we’ve now made it through one time change, one school day (we were thirty minutes late, but who’s judging?), six meals, one stopped-up toilet, one new battery on the fire alarm, and two whole days without him. There’s this weird feeling I have when I’m home [Read More…]

My Chalkboard and all the other things…

I missed posting my chalkboard last Friday because I wanted to make sure you saw my interview with Peter Enns over at his place. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d love for you to check it out. I’m loving this from Walter Wangerin’s piece in my Lenten/Easter Devotional Bread and Wine. I love the idea [Read More…]

An invitation into the Mystery of Easter

  I’ve mentioned here several times that I’ve been teaching the Godly Play curriculum to third graders at my church. And, just to be honest here, I still don’t know how I feel about Godly Play. Somedays I love it and somedays I worry it’s too vague for the minds of little children. Somedays I [Read More…]

#FoundGrace: Our Community Lenten Practice. ‘Find yourself found.’*

  I worked out Saturday morning with a friend. As we rode home together, the subject of Lent came up. “I just want to emphasize grace this Lent,” she said. “I’ve suffered enough these past few months and I feel like I need to recognize that before I give myself a checklist of tasks to [Read More…]

The Pursuit of Enough: Keeping Sabbath

“We rest in order to honor God and his creation, which suggests that not to rest dishonors both.” -Judith Shulevitz, The Sabbath World   The thing about Sabbath is that there are still always dishes to do and the kids are still themselves. There are diapers to change and stories to read. And that’s my [Read More…]

The Ashes and the Being Made Whole

  Last year in Austin, Chris was away for work and I couldn’t get myself together to get the boys to the service and forfeit our baby’s bedtime, knowing I’d spend the whole service nursing and hushing. That afternoon, after August woke from nap time, I took leaves burned them in a pan in the [Read More…]