A Hopeful Lent

Where are you finding hope? What does hope look like for you right now? In my own struggle with whether or not to get dressed in the morning, I know that I’m struggling to find hope. It feel like a nice idea or even like something that we once had. Maybe even something we willContinue reading “A Hopeful Lent”

Pandemic Prayers for Epiphany 3

I am really excited when poetry takes the national stage. I was surprised when it happened in the beginning of the pandemic. Major news outlets started sharing poems chosen by their editors to speak this moment. Poetry became popular while we have been home in our pajamas. It happens every four years — or nearlyContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for Epiphany 3”

Small Pandemic Joys

It has been so long that this pandemic has gone on. I have lost count. I no longer care to count. I have yelled at my kids. I have been short. I have been unkind solely because I have been so isolated. My family is great. Yeah for family but I really miss people. AndContinue reading “Small Pandemic Joys”

Easter at Home with Babies and Toddlers

When I was in my very first call and was still saying I wasn’t sure I was called to be a parent, I led a conversation for the monthly potluck shared by parents and children about faith at home. It felt like a new idea all those ten years ago. Children were supposed to learnContinue reading “Easter at Home with Babies and Toddlers”

Fear, Love and Another Supreme Court Decision

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided by a 5-4 vote to uphold the ban on transgender service members fulfilling their call to service in the United States military. It was said by one woman just four years short of retirement in the Navy that this decision “speaks volumes about where we are as a country.” ThisContinue reading “Fear, Love and Another Supreme Court Decision”

New Traditions for Our Family

My husband is an atheist. That’s right. I am an ordained minister in the Christian Church and I married a man who could care less about anything remotely related to God. He will be quick to amend that. He will say that he does care. He cares because I care but it’s not quite theContinue reading “New Traditions for Our Family”

Tell the Children

I sat there with my daughter in my lap turning the pages. Matt de la Pena’s book Love was sent to me by my cousin. She said it reminded her of me. So my heart was already in my throat reading this beautiful poem to my daughter. And then, I turned the page and sawContinue reading “Tell the Children”

Raising White Kids With Curious Questions and GIVEAWAY!!

It was only a few months ago that I found myself returning again and again to sort through the children’s books at Half Price Books. (Don’t get me started on the lack of independent booksellers in Texas. It’s beyond upsetting to me and so I can only daydream about such wonders as Longfellow Books andContinue reading “Raising White Kids With Curious Questions and GIVEAWAY!!”

Blessing of Teachers

Many churches had their kick off celebrations this past Sunday. Some are waiting until this coming Sunday to mark the big day when everything goes back to normal. All of the programming starts up again for the kids and adults. Anything that took a break over the summer months in our congregational life is readyContinue reading “Blessing of Teachers”

Hoarse with Prayer

Between spurts of writing my sermon today, I checked Facebook. It seems it is something that every preacher does. When God isn’t speaking clearly, preachers¬†open their browsers to scan posts on Facebook.¬†Today, I kept coming back to the same story of a little boy — just three years old — who was reported missing. IContinue reading “Hoarse with Prayer”