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Friday, December 15, 2017

The most practical thing about Christmas

I have a really weak stomach. So when I spend time in the Old Testament, reading about the reasons for and rules around animal sacrifice… I get kinda woozy. It especially strikes me as I say the Lord’s prayer each day, My Father in Heaven, holy be Your name.Your Kingdom come; Your will be done,On earth as it is in...

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Advent 12/14: Did Jesus “have” to come?

For a long time it was hard for me to see God as Good and Loving. I worried, deep down in ways I didn’t have words for, that God the Father sat on a remote and righteous throne somewhere. And that he put Jesus, his very own Son, on the chopping block for my sins. I thought Jesus had to take the punishment...

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

How I’m embracing life’s tension during advent.

I tend to get lodged between things. Issues. Ideas. Party lines. Points of view. Arguments. Stories. Emotions. I can see the varying perspectives. I can feel mulitple feelings. I used to think it made me wishy-washy. Unable to commit. Indecisive. Weak, really.   Other people thought so too. I’ve been told more than once, “Pick a side already. You have to stand for something.” So I’d try. To...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Advent 12/12: the power of “yes”

It’s easy for me to say “no” to things that will stretch me. “No” to invitations and challenges that take time and attention and big thinking and bravery.   It’s easy to say “yes,” to things that keep me distracted. “Yes” to people pleasing. “Yes” to other people’s expectations of me. “Yes” to a one more commitment on the calendar....

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Advent 12/11: When my plans don’t work out.

I like a good plan. Having a plan makes me feel like I have control over a situation. I have my own idea about how things should work out before I get started. And if they aren’t going to work out the way I want them to, well, maybe I won’t start after all.   I like to fill in the blanks first. If I do X, then Y should...

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Advent 12/5: Just do it already

It’s something I’ve struggled with. Taking action. Because too often analysis paralysis keeps me stuck.   I want to do something brave, but I overthink it. Over scare myself to death, believing that failure might actually kill me. But of course failure won’t. Failure only kills my courage. And my dreams. And the big things I’m supposed to do with my life.   The fear of failure...

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Is the Christmas story outdated & unrelated in 2017?

It felt like it was 90 degrees and rising inside. The giant store had just opened its doors the Friday before. My mom and sister had decided to take my four month old nephew on the “outing” and asked me to go. The isles were over crowded with shopping carts that were overcrowded with Christmas crap. Trees and tinsel and toppers...

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

for those Without a norman rockwell thanksgiving

This reflection isn’t for those who anticipate the perfect Thanksgiving. It’s written for those of us who are celebrating and hurting in some way. It’s written to help us find hope in what is often the mixture of emotions holiday meals stir up. Onward…   It hit me like a ton of bricks. I was thinking about Thanksgiving tomorrow. How many of...

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jack-assery in the christian faith and how we change it.

Most of our inboxes are stuffed fuller than Sofia Vergara’s dresses. I haven’t dropped in to your’s since early September. I know many of us have way too much going on to stop and read all our emails. But what if we could watch them?   Yes. I’m late to the video party. YouTube and Facebook have known for a long time that...

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

1 way to get your life back in September

I suddenly screeched in pain and gasped for air as my bicep felt like it had taken a bullet. It was one night after a shower. I had the towel behind me trying to dry my back with a lumberjack seesaw motion when the pain hit. I stumbled to the edge of the bathtub and sat down to collect my breath. I attempted...

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