I remember reading a book in one of my theology classes years ago titled: Sin, Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be. I thought about that book as I sat between my children, snuggled in quilts on the couch, watching the Disney animated film (now on Netflix!) Moana. There’s this pivotal moment in the movie … Continue reading Sin & Moana
Well, I've succumb. I won't blather on about them, but I did decide to make some resolutions. However, so as not to disappoint myself, only three of them are true resolutions. Seven of them are what I'm calling MLEs or "Mildly Low Expectations." So here they are: 10. Eat less mediocre restaurant crap. 9. … Continue reading 7 MLE + 3 NYR
Merry Christmas from the Thompsons of Iowa! And from what appears to be our least Grinchy Christmas yet. Ridiculous as it sounds, we had our tree up and decorated long before Thanksgiving. I blame the delight of toddlers, which often overrides the cynicism of grown ups. As I write this, we are watching another Christmas … Continue reading Merry Christmas, Blog-style
I was having a bad day, y’all. I mean, not the whole day, but the middle portion. It was in that post-lunch, pre-kid-pick up window of time that for some reason just found me flipping out on my spouse over something ridiculous and totally insignificant. I hate when I do this. He gave me some … Continue reading Christ the King & Mall Santa
In the days of Jael, caravans ceased and travelers kept to the byways… Most blessed of women be Jael … She put her hand to the tent peg and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet; she struck Sisera a blow, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple. ~Judges 5:6,24,26 Several … Continue reading Jael the Kenite and the ‘Me Too’ Hashtag
It was probably a good thing that no one was in my car, nor were any other humans at the church office, when I first got into work this morning. I was in an exceptionally foul mood. The reasons weren’t good ones, but I was awakened early by our old dog pacing with her noisy, … Continue reading Bitmojis, Stale Candy, & Prayer
Early this week we heard our president allude to threatening North Korea with nuclear arms. By week’s end, white supremacists in Virginia were unleashing their violent hatred in what was supposedly a “rally” on a college campus. Also this week, as per our summer, cabin tradition, John and I watched one of our favorite … Continue reading Rise Up, O Sleeper; Awaken.