Recently, at the church I serve, we celebrated the faith milestone of first communion with a bunch of eager fourth graders. In our very first training, Pastor Sara Olson-Smith reminded us that this is God’s gift for YOU. We made sure the kids were aware of that, over and over again. Communion is meant … Continue reading Mom, this is for YOU.
When I lived in Fort Collins, Colorado, I became a beer snob. It’s hard not to. When we lived there, there were three major microbreweries right there in our town of 160,000. Now, there are probably more like ten or fifteen. But actually, I’ve lost count. New Belgium is probably the most well-known outside the … Continue reading Embodying Neighborly Compassion: Brewery Edition
I first discovered Rachel Held Evans and her blog almost a decade ago. I was living in Lawrence, Kansas, serving a local church and considering completing my somewhat arduous path to ordination. “I heard a young woman at a conference,” my friend Joe Holub, a Lutheran pastor in Colorado, said one day when we were … Continue reading “Eshet Chayil” Remembering Rachel
Yesterday I squirted myself in the face with hairspray. The nozzle was clogged, so instead of shooting in the direction I aimed it, aerosol spray darted under my glasses and went in my eye. I thought of Lent, my own peculiar fast, and I chuckled a bit. So, allow me tell you about it. This … Continue reading Remember you are dust, child. (Reflections on my Holy Lent)
What is this body, I wonder, from 10,000 feet and descending quickly. You look like a racoon’s tail, your tributaries jagged tufts unrolled and comfortably sprawling. Who are you? Ah, yes. Lakes Dallas, Lewisville, Grapevine manufactured sources meant to drench the desolation of North Texas- shame I hadn’t noticed you like this before. Who … Continue reading What Body
If you’ve known me for more than five minutes, you’ve probably learned that I’m just a tad bit obsessed with rose quartz. I like to keep these gems nearby. I wear them on my ears and around my neck. A large, rough looking heart shaped chunk of RQ sits on my desk and lately, I … Continue reading Rose Quartz & Clanging Symbols
Beware, the day of the Lord. On that day, power lines will snap, the exploited import empire’s shelves will be ravaged and all our smart phones rendered dumb. Beware, the day of the Lord draws near! Soon every valley will flood and the mountains will crumble beneath Gehenna’s landfills. Global money hoarders from every … Continue reading The Day of the Lord