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courage, humility, make a difference, service, sin / 12.10.2016

  Explaining our Christian faith to our inquisitive exchange student has been fun. We’re reading through the book of John, a few verses after dinner each evening. He was interested to learn that Jesus was a Jew. We explained that the Jewish people waited for their Messiah, their Savior, to come. Jesus arrived in humility, which is not what people expected. He came not to be an earthly ruler, but to offer another way – something more than earthly kingdoms can provide.   What does this have to do with foot washing?   We...

courage, golden rule, grace, kids, make a difference, perspective, prayer / 09.04.2016

A friend of mine hangs out on a street corner each weekday morning, with her grandsons and other kids waiting for school buses. Some of the children lack decent housing because their home was condemned. Some are refugees from Malaysia. They are open and honest with one another on that corner, and often pray and read the Bible together.   Some days, my friend is loud and crazy with them, when there’s a beautiful sunrise for example. I believe this, as she has an exuberant personality and speaks constantly of God’s goodness and majesty.   At the corner across the street stand several teens, who are usually silent and sullen. Recently, one of the teenagers lost it, screaming at my friend for staring at him, for getting in his face. He said he hated her, hated old people, hated her God.   At first, she walked across the street and offered him some chocolate. He kept yelling, so she backed off. For the next few days, she was shaken, so she prayed and wondered how to respond.
adolescence, anxiety, beauty, courage, freedom, kids, love, make a difference, parenting, real life / 31.01.2016

[caption id="attachment_2800" align="aligncenter" width="486"] Photo by Marisa Albrecht[/caption]   Strumming starts and stops behind her closed door It’s a common sound Guitar chords Experimenting with sounds Lyrics follow Poetry Songwriting Digging masterpieces out of her stressed out, overworking teenage brain I don’t dare touch I soak in the artistry and accomplishment Songs are presented as precious gems Delicate Shining as they are At 15, she’s supposed to be full of angst. Confused and insecure. That’s what I was expecting anyway. She’s my first, so I have no idea what’s going on or what I’m doing. But, she’s completely confident in herself. She doesn’t wear...

fear, God's light, golden rule, judgment, living for real, love, make a difference, pain, real life, sin / 01.12.2015

  I’m embarrassed to be in the same camp as people who take drastic measures in the name of Christ. I view the world as a mash of colors and swirls and lots of grays; and though I want to so badly see sharp corners and stark differences and clear blacks and whites, I repeatedly fail in those efforts.   What do we in the Church fear? Why are we afraid of people who think differently than we do? Why do we respond with dogmatism and draw precise lines between wrong...

balanced life, coffee, friendship, golden rule, kids, life is good, living for real, make a difference, marriage, parenting, persistence, thanksgiving / 17.07.2015

  As a mom, it’s easy to feel unappreciated. Toddlers don’t typically thank you for teaching them to pee in the potty or for cutting their waffles into bite-sized pieces.   Preschoolers don’t seem to notice you are the genius who purchased their 3,000 Legos and their Batman undies.   I have rarely been thanked by my school-age kids for the cereal that is always in the cabinet (they must think it’s pumped in from Honeynut Lake) or for pulling long hairs (think small rodent) out of the bathroom sink drain. Most things...