Growing up, I had a complicated relationship with worship at church. I was raised in a setting where hands were held high in praise, where we swayed with our eyes closed, and where outwardly expressions of worship were a direct indication of your personal relationship with God. My naturally critical spirit turned toward an unhealthy … Continue reading Dismantling Cynicism for Lent
This Advent season, I've been thinking a lot about beginnings. I like to know where the journey is going, to at least have an endpoint. But that's not life or faith. I'm remembering that God has gifted us very few answers and endings and instead keeps pointing us back to the beginning. I'm over at … Continue reading Advent Culminates With the Beginning
As I learn more about the church calendar, I'm trying to be more intentional about leaning into the different seasons. I'm remembering to pause and breathe in Advent before the celebration of Christmas, to feast for Epiphany before the fasting of Lent, and to really think about what it means to be "Easter people." When … Continue reading Champagne for Breakfast
We just got back from a camping trip out in the wilderness of Colorado. Our campsite didn't have many amenities - just a vault toilet and a fire ring. We spent a few days playing in the dirt, using wet wipes the best we could, and letting our kids explore. We unplugged because we wanted … Continue reading The Sacredness of the Ordinary
On Wednesday, we leave the Epiphany and Ordinary Time in the church calendar and move into Lent, that period that prepares us for Easter. Lent is a 40 day practice (excluding Sundays) that encourages fasting, preparation, and mindfulness as Christians consider the celebration and importance of Easter. I've come to look forward to this time … Continue reading Why Bother With Lent?