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the view from here.   I was standing behind her at her dad’s funeral, a respectful distance from her–not in her personal space, but within earshot. This is what pastors call “the ministry of presence”–being quiet but visible, being close to the grief but not in it, except for the way we are all in […]

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to share in a portion of our Easter celebration at the Altria theater. Part Ted talk, part visual storytelling–we combined graphics, music and text to present evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. It was a labor of love and great teamwork–here’s a picture from rehearsal. I’ll post video from the service when it’s available. […]

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When it gets dark, light makes all the difference. Have you ever thought about your relationship with the dark? Darkness is interesting. On the one hand, the dark allows us to sleep, to quiet, to rest. On the other, the dark can be a lonely place. It can be a frightening place. Many things that […]

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It can happen anytime your brain shifts gears, and it happens to me a lot. You are just living your busy life when BAM!, out of the blue, you are struck by a fear. A concern. A worry. An anxious thought, first one, then two, then twenty. What-Ifs begin to pile up and What-Would-I-Do and then […]

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As part of the Explore God series, this Sunday I preached on one of the hardest and oldest questions of life: Why could a good God allow pain and suffering in the world? Entering into this question was challenging. My years on this earth don’t feel sufficient to answer this from my own experience, but God’s […]

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I’m a sucker for the Olympics. I love it ALL. I love the pageantry and the uniforms and the human interest stories. I love watching random events and I convinced a friend of mine that we absolutely could qualify for the modern Pentathlon if we trained hard enough. Note: the modern pentathlon involves fencing someone, and […]

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I never wanted to be a counselor.  My younger self was drawn to “big things”, purposeful things, things that take strategy and action plans and big steps. But in the way life often happen, I ended up with a counseling degree and an office with a big couch and a fluffy chair and a soothing paint […]

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Once upon a time, I was pregnant for what must have been decades. The first two were less than two years apart, and then we gave it a little time but still managed to spend a year with three kids under five. Three kids under five might not seem like a lot, but it’s enough to have […]

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dis·ap·point·ment ˌdisəˈpointmənt/ noun the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. I hate disappointment. You may think, sure, everyone hates disappointment, but I hate it-hate it. I think “nonfulfillment of one’s hopes” might just be one of the worst realities of the human condition. I’ve struggled with disappointment […]

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This is a story about finding wonder, and losing it, and finding it again. This story takes place in an unlikely place (a golf course) at an unlikely time (mid-morning on a Monday). It was early spring, and a neighbor had just tipped me off that the course is closed on Monday, and the grounds crew looks […]