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When ‘a Future with Hope’ Fades

When ‘a Future with Hope’ Fades

A friend who’s in the midst of a dreadful situation admitted that Jeremiah 29:11, a verse she had clung to in her youth, now seemed unbelievable. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.—Jeremiah 29:11 […]

Cinderella as Christianity

Cinderella as Christianity

The news has been full of all kinds of craziness the last week. From gay marriage rights to the Confederate flag to dire warnings about dry drowning and lyme disease, you can’t be on the internet without seeing some sort of negativity. I tried to stay out of the gay marriage debate. I really did […]

This Is Not a Penguin 

This Is Not a Penguin 

This is not a penguin. It’s a duck. And no amount of arguing can get my seven-year-old to say otherwise. There’s that old adage, “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, swims like a duck…” This little guy has feathers, waddles, and he’s an aquatic bird. But he’s not a duck. And if […]

We shall overcome…when?

We shall overcome…when?

Last Sunday during worship, in honor of the Charleston shooting victims, we sang the old spiritual: We shall overcome … someday. And I had to stop singing because I choked. This is not a rare occurrence. I frequently use up a tissue or three in worship. But usually it’s because I’m overwhelmed by the love […]

Proof of Faith

Proof of Faith

I haven’t blogged the last two weeks, because I was out of town. My family and I drove from Phoenix to Portland, OR, to visit my husband’s family. It was a really nice visit, but it was long, and I’m glad to be home now. While we were there, my husband had the opportunity to […]

Why I read the Bible out of order

Why I read the Bible out of order

I don’t know if anyone actually tries to read the Bible in order. I know I did when I was a kid. Because, y’know, that’s how books work, right? You begin at the beginning, and when you get to the end, stop, as the king said to the White Rabbit. But with the Bible, that […]

The Good Friday on which I truly mourned

The Good Friday on which I truly mourned

Good Friday is a difficult holiday. Like Yom Kippur, it’s not something one “celebrates.” It’s something one “observes.” Tenebrae services are somber, yet once they are over, it’s easy to go home and return to “normal” life. That day, and the day that follows, should be ones of solemn contemplation. Yet we get up and […]