My best friend Amanda, who in many ways has taught (still teaches) me the lessons that a mother or a sister might have, made this declaration during my sophomore year of college, as we sat around the table with other girls on the brink of womanhood at …
I stood on the slanted, uneven floor in the doorway of my stepfather’s mom’s house. Grandma Gaye is in her nineties now and still lives alone, in a tiny yellow cottage in what was once a hard part of town. She cherishes her independence, bu…
Well, we made it. We are road-weary travelers, dragging into the drive after seventeen days and 2700 miles. We safely and successfully completed our trek through Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and back again. If y…
I sat at a splash-pad in a community park in a lovely, gritty part of Lincoln, Nebraska. I put my phone down. I had thought about leaving it in the car, but the 100-degree heat didn’t seem friendly to expensive electronics. I watched …
As I slowly cull my office library, i make trips to McKay’s, then bring home a box at a time. The commentaries on one shelf, the journals stacked vertically next to them. Philosophy of religion and theory and method, Christianity, and Judaism each ge…
My last sermon preached at City Road this morning. This feels a little bit like sharing a private love letter, but at the same time, it helps explains some major thoughts I’ve been having.
God is not a guy sitting at a control panel.
God does not “plan” your victory or defeat,
cancer, your accident, the moment of your death.
Things do not happen “for a reason.”
Stuff happens. Birds are free.
So are germs, and hurricanes, and idiots.
the pure energy of being, setting us free,
with us in every moment and movement of our freedom.
sparrows don’t fall without a plan,
he said they don’t fall without God.
God’s plan is that you are free,
and that you thrive and love.
God’s plan is that whatever happens
God is with you with love and grace.
and pay attention to God’s presence.
but to be with God.
I looked at my Facebook “memories” today and realized it would have been my anniversary. May 23. Jeff and I would have been married 8 years today. (Except we had already been married since April when we got married, but whatever. &nbs…
but you’ll always be the smartest.”With those words, my mother laid the cornerstone on the foundation of my personality. It has been both exceptionally sturdy and also very weak. (I am large, I contain multitudes.)I was standing in the down…
Here is my fictional online dating profile. Like, what I wish I could actually say to anyone who is potentially interested:What I want: someone to play Scrabble with me, walk to the record store, make really good suppers, perhaps go on some…