What Are You Chasing?
, March 22, 2017
Legendary preacher Fred Craddock tells a great story about a conversation he had with a greyhound once. I’m a big fan of greyhounds. I used to have a retired racer and she was a wonderful, devoted friend to me. Craddock’s story about his conversation with a greyhound speaks volumes to me during the season of Lent. What are you chasing?
Lenten Marriage Project: Communication that Connects
, March 8, 2017
In our marriage, Julie and I have noticed that unattended tension shows its ugly face in our morning routine. The stress of the day(s) before, including parenting disagreements, dealing with a hectic schedule, and not making enough time for the other can bubble over into the morning. That coupled with the rush to get ready and out the door can put us in a less-than-loving mood.
Ash Wednesday and Keeping Lent
, March 2, 2017
I spent the early morning of Ash Wednesday at the King Street Metro, being glad that it was as warm as it was, and keeping my face set with an expression of warmth and open invitation. Over and over again I prayed and heard others who were there for Ashes to Go, Matt and Santiago, praying this prayer:
A Little Something for the Soul
, August 17, 2016
Greetings Christ Church and all readers! As I prepare to leave tomorrow to take my last child to college I am scrambling to get all that must be done – done. I was sent this prayer a few minutes ago. So please read this lovely prayer and watch this short video my husband made from our balcony in Buxton, North Carolina a few weeks ago. The prayer and the video fill my heart and soul, I hope they speak to you as well.
Beginning again; and again; and again in hopes of change
, February 24, 2016
"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from." Little Gidding
Getting Real in Lent
, February 17, 2016
Every year on Ash Wednesday, I am surprised by the number of people in the pews whom I don’t recognize. Sometimes as much as half of the congregation are unfamiliar to me. That’s a big switch from Sundays. Who are all these people and what pulls them to church on this day? Ash Wednesday is absent the big festive celebrations of Christmas and Easter, another time we see lots of strangers. In fact, Ash Wednesday is a kind of anti-celebration.
Ashes to Go
, February 12, 2016
Christ Church offered Ashes to Go at the King Street Metro station again this year. It was a cold day but our hearts were warm in sharing the message of God’s forgiveness as open to all who turn and seek it. In my fourth year of offering ashes at the metro station, I observed familiar things and experienced some new reactions. As cold and early as the day typically is, offering Ashes to Go is a great blessing to me – truly I received more than I give. Every year it is a delight to see people who walk with such purpose towards our group as we offer the ashes.
A Different Kind of Fast
, February 4, 2016
With Ash Wednesday less than a week away, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’d like to take on as my Lenten discipline this year. When I was younger, I remember agonizing over what I was going to give up this year: Chocolate. No: TV. No: Soda. No: - and on, and on. You’d think it were a question of life and death.
Worship and Imagination
, April 1, 2015
….the intuitive language of the imagination …so vital..... call(ing) us to leave our personalities behind and temporarily inhabit another’s experience, looking at the world with new eyes. Art invites us to meet the Other—whether that be our neighbor or the infinite Otherness of God—and to achieve a new wholeness of spirit. (Gregory Wolfe, Beauty Will Save the World)
Leap of Faith
, October 8, 2014
I am sitting on a plane returning from a trip to Los Angeles. The occasion for the trip was the wedding of the oldest daughter of some of our closest friends. My husband and I met them 30 years ago when they were pregnant with the child who just got married. We were married the following year. As couple friends, we have walked together through the birth of five children - their three, our two - a miscarriage for each of us, periods of unemployment and career changes, and serious challenges to each of our marriages. Both marriages have somehow remained intact and seem stronger now than ever. Both couples have relocated to the east coast in the last ten years and this weekend we all reconvened on the west coast for the marriage of their daughter.