Dismantling Cynicism for Lent

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

Detoxing, Refocusing, and Entering Into Advent

I'm sitting in my living room right now, laptop perched halfway on one knee, halfway on the arm of our old and worn-out chair. The fire is on, snow is covering the branches of the trees outside though the sun has melted it from the sidewalks and streets. My girls are across the street watching … Continue reading Detoxing, Refocusing, and Entering Into Advent

Preparation

My friend, Alexandra Kuykendall is doing a series on Advent reflections. I am honored to offer some thoughts on today's reading: At our house, we are preparing for Christmas. The outside lights are up (though not yet plugged in); tinsel and dollar-store ornaments decorate our two baby blue spruce in front. Our tree this year … Continue reading Preparation