This isn’t ‘Jeopardy’, it’s Israel

Though I'm not a fan of the genre, the one TV game show I have enjoyed watching on occasion (usually in the company of a senior citizen) is 'Jeopardy'. Contestants whose brains were overstuffed warehouses of trivia about topics ranging from 18th Century European Composers to the Reptiles of South America. Debonair long-time host Alec Trebek's role is to give increasingly difficult answers in a particular category while three contestants vie to ask the right question.Part of our trip to … [Read more...]

A Different Kind Of Mother’s Day Prayer

"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families..." (Ps. 68:5-6a) For every woman who will receive a crayoned card made of folded construction paper, a bouquet or a sweetly sentimental piece of jewelry this Sunday, there are many others who need a different kind of gift this Mother's Day. This prayer is for so many of us:O God, the commercials, cards and gifts of this Sunday are a reminder to honor the mothers in our lives. A day … [Read more...]

File under: The More Things Change…

Circa 1985. It is a journal entry. Apparently, I walked out of a women's Bible study that morning.The same sort of stuff I wrote about in this rant still bugs me today. Either I haven't matured much in the last 27 years, or I was onto something.Or both. … [Read more...]

Falling Upward, Chapter 8

I’m blogging through Father Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality Through The Two Halves Of Life. Even if you haven’t read the book, please stick around and join the conversation here if you’re facing a mid-life transition. Father Rohr offers us all some meaty food for thought.Here are links to my previous posts in the series:  Intro — Chapter 1 — Chapter 2 — Chapter 3 —Chapter 4 – Chapter 5 - Chapter 6 - Chapter 7 * * * * * * * Chapter 8 is entitled "Amnesia and the Big Picture". Fath … [Read more...]

Festival of Faith & Writing: Ten Quick Observations

Every two years, readers and writers flock to the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI for the Festival of Faith & Writing. The campus buildings bear names like Huizenga, Vanderwerp and Hiemenga, reflecting the deep Dutch roots of the Christian Reformed Church with which the school is affiliated. True story: When I attended the Festival four years ago, in fact, I had a very tall blonde woman with a Dutch surname bend to read my name tag, take a step back so she could eye me up and … [Read more...]

Whose gifts are they?

I grabbed a paper cup and pumped hot coffee into it just as I did each week before the Sunday morning worship service began. The coffee table in the lobby of the church was a hive of pre-service Sunday morning activity. As I reached for a lid to cover my cup of brew, I noticed a small, gift-wrapped box tucked just behind the trio of sugar containers. I picked it up and noticed my name penned neatly on a tiny gift tag. I glanced around me at the crowd filling their cups and greeting one another. … [Read more...]

(Let’s go to the) Blog Hop!

Today, I am participating in the "Best Thing Blog Hop," an event hosted by writer and blogger Ellen Painter Dollar. The blogosphere is a fast-paced place, and what bloggers write—even when it's good quality and receives positive responses—is quickly left behind, eclipsed by more recent content. Ellen wanted to give bloggers a chance to shine a new light on older blog posts that we consider to be among our best work. I am one of several bloggers participating in this event. Please visit Ellen's bl … [Read more...]


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