As a young girl, Lent to me was known as a time to give up something, which for any young child can be hard to do because we don’t fully understand the true meaning of Lent and why it is a time for preparation, reflection, and renewal.
I can always remember my parents and grandparents encouraging me to give up some something I loved, which for me that translated into candy, junk food, soda, my Nintendo DS, and less time on the computer and watching TV. Continue reading
1. Language learning experts claim that the “ability to tolerate ambiguity” is an important personality trait for individuals learning another language. I find that tolerance of ambiguity is helpful in my Christian journey as well.
Just as a language learner does not need to understand every single word in foreign language to get the general idea, so a Christian seeking to deepen his or her faith does not need to understand every single verse in the original Hebrew or Greek to move closer to God. Continue reading
After the floods,
back in the eddies, in the inlets,
we shake ourselves
like dogs and say
my God, what a disaster. Continue reading
Because our history is a knot
we try to unravel, while others
try to tighten it, we tire easily
and fray the cords that bind us.
The cord is a slow moving river,
spiraling across the land
in a succession of S’s,
splintering near the sea. Continue reading
As we have reached the Sesquicentennial of the bloodiest episode in our history, the perceived role of God in the Civil War is worth examining. Both sides were convinced God was on their side. The Union Army marched into battle singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic:
In the beauty of the lily,
Christ was born across the sea
. . . .
As he died to make men holy,
We will die to make men free. Continue reading