the gift of letting go…

I just returned from seeing my daughter off on the train, back to her town in southwest Germany where she's teaching for at least another 19 months or so.  That last hug before she boarded the train was a hard one, hard to let go.  I'd arrived last Tuesday evening, late, and she was there to pick me up at the train station.  Over the past several days, I've celebrated American thanksgiving with some of her friends, watched her brilliantly teach a couple classes, and then shared a whirlwind tour o … [Read more...]

the gift of letting go…

I just returned from seeing my daughter off on the train, back to her town in southwest Germany where she's teaching for at least another 19 months or so.  That last hug before she boarded the train was a hard one, hard to let go.  I'd arrived last Tuesday evening, late, and she was there to pick me up at the train station.  Over the past several days, I've celebrated American thanksgiving with some of her friends, watched her brilliantly teach a couple classes, and then shared a whirlwind tour o … [Read more...]

Curious…

I'm enjoying reading the biography of a favorite Christian: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, while I'm over here in Germany.  He was a German pastor, ultimately arrested and executed because of his overt and covert involvement in the resistance movement. I love reading about German history while I'm over here because this history still bleeds into day to day conversations.  I learned today that the dorm for a local school here once housed Nazi youth, and that the Art Center I visited was leveled by Nazis a … [Read more...]

Crossings…

"How is it that you, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?"  (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans) - John 4:9One of the things that offended the religious establishment in Jesus' day was the fact that Jesus crossed social barriers.  He did it all the time:  touching lepers, partying with "sinners" (a hysterical categorization that reveals the self righteousness of the religious crowd), and then of course there's the case of the Samaritan woman.  She's thrice an out … [Read more...]

Snow Day…

Went up to the writing cabin to prepare it for the coming deep freeze and got more than I bargained for... a perfect powder day at Mt Baker!  On this day, I'm thankful for health, the beauty of snow, and backcountry skis. … [Read more...]

The Perfect Storm: Finding Liberty in Simplicity

I went running this morning in my shoeless shoes, pondering the fresh health I'm enjoying in my running because I've been liberated from the belief that the foot needs something other than itself to run well.  It's not the point of this post, but if you're interested, you can read about it here.The morning offered a bed of leaves through which to run because last night there was a wind storm, the kind that makes a howling sound in our attic bedroom, the kind that strips trees of leaves, … [Read more...]

10 things I’m praying for this Advent…

I've been pressed this week on lots of issues:  our church's annual meeting; prep for three important meetings next week (including a planning retreat with our church council and staff to seek God's future); plans for a trip to the African region where our church is putting in 30 wells; and a couple of other mission critical meetings--not to mention e-mails, prayers with people, and some glorious...glorious morning runs by the lake.Today I had the morning for sermon prep, and it needed to be … [Read more...]

…”simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ”

It's just a phrase, tucked away in the depths of II Corinthians, but it's a phrase ripe with meaning.  It's a phrase which, along with a passage from Jeremiah, God has used over and over again to cut through the fog of confusion, duplicity, and frustration, leading me out into the open spaces where it's easier to breathe.Here's what the phrase means to me, and how I'm trying to apply it in my life and calling:1. I'm called to simple devotion, therefore I need to make the habits which nurture … [Read more...]


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