Words, walls, and the winning way of Jesus

In the days after the November 3rd election, I scrolled through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, reading posts from people with crosses, fish symbols and scripture references in their taglines, that left me grieved. They used words like, "go to hell,” held up their Bibles, guns, favored-candidate's flag, and accused other Christians on social media… Continue reading Words, walls, and the winning way of Jesus

What’s your hope?

Photo by Myicahel Tamburini on Pexels.com Despair. That's the word that comes to mind when I hear the news stories of late. This morning, while I was getting ready to go to church, my husband sat at the kitchen table shaking his head. The news story about the two L.A. police officers, shot while they… Continue reading What’s your hope?

Mothers: Tell your kids to trust the God of their mother.

Yesterday at church my pastor taught through the story in Genesis where Jacob wrestles with "a man."  Toward the end of the sermon he referred to the passage in Genesis 32: 9-12 where Jacob prays. And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your… Continue reading Mothers: Tell your kids to trust the God of their mother.

Nauseating memories, hard questions and my hope

Just before driving into the town I grew up in my oldest son, a sophomore, asks the big questions. We took the 17 hour drive in two day chunks, making our way to Oakland, Oregon, just a few miles from Roseburg, Oregon, the small town I was born and raised in.  My grandmother passed away… Continue reading Nauseating memories, hard questions and my hope

What my unbelieving friend and I have in common: doubt

My husband is my friend.  For almost 25 years we've shared a bed, a home and all the dirty humanity we can't groom or hide in those shared spaces.  And although we don't share a worshipful response to Christ, we do have something very much in common: doubt. I listened to the end of a… Continue reading What my unbelieving friend and I have in common: doubt