A New Flute

A New Flute

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 Not so long ago, I wanted a new flute for Christmas. I’ve played […]

Keep Watch

Keep Watch

Several years ago, I attended a camp conference which focused on the theme: Keep Watch. I flew from the middle of the country to the West Coast, spending almost seven hours traveling to Seattle. Meeting old friends, getting settled, eating lunch, and walking the trails kept me busy until the conference began with dinner. By 8:00 p.m. I […]

Unfriended & Unseen

Unfriended & Unseen

I was scrolling through Facebook when it happened. I thought of someone who had left our church a while back, wondered how they were doing, and searched for them to see what was going on in their lives – only to find their profile with the ominous “Add Friend” button. With a twisting sensation in […]

Examine Yourself

Examine Yourself

Asymptomatic. We’ve been hearing that word a lot lately. In medicine, any disease is classified asymptomatic if a patient tests as having a disease or infection but experiences no symptoms. When people ask us, “How are you feeling?” we respond based on the symptoms, not on whether or not we are ill. Five years ago, a routine mammogram discovered I had a […]

Hope Rises When You Know What Comes Next

Hope Rises When You Know What Comes Next

Every spring the weather app on my phone suddenly becomes an object of intense scrutiny. I’m longing for the sunshine, the spring temperatures, and for trees and flowers to bud. After a cold, dark winter the thoughts of sunshine on my skin and watching the earth come back to life fill me with anticipation. So […]

Michal and Unlikely Hope

Michal and Unlikely Hope

I struggle with understanding some of the stories in the Old Testament of the Bible. David is one of them. I oscillate between feeling like I completely understand his complicated and redeeming story and being confused by the Bible’s statement of David being a “man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). How can someone […]