Naming Grief

When the righteous cry out, the Lord listens; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those whose spirits are crushed. —Psalm 34:17-18 (NRSV) Dear Friends, I am fortunate in being someone who has never really had to...

Druthers

Jeremiah 29:4-11 (NRSV) I’ve always been a big fan of words. I find them fascinating. One of my favorite memories of my father was of the two of us pouring over the family dictionary together. I’d come up with a word I didn’t know, and Dad would say, “Well, let’s look...

Behind the Scenes

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. —Romans 12:4-5 (NIV) Dear Friends, I thought you might be interested to...

For My Returning

Psalm 16 (NRSV) I’m sure you all remember the story of Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White; about Charlotte the spider who saves the life of Wilbur the pig by weaving miraculous words into her web. It’s one of our all-time favorite children’s stories. Maybe you also know...

Christmas Fair

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” —Isaiah 52:7 Dear Friends, I don’t know how beautiful you would think my feet are, but there are...