The Mystery of Trinity: A Prayer

#AtTheRiskOfHolyRolling   Dear Lord, What if, when You left the mission of Your life in the hands of Your disciples, You’d also given them the indwelling power of God? What if ordinary believers were inhabited, infused, with Your creative force and unstoppable, fearless love? What if You crafted a personalized purpose for every Christian, and…

Just Mercy

I just finished reading Bryan Stevenson’s bestseller, Just Mercy, and I find myself unsure what to think. Not unsure whether it was a good book—it was. Not questioning the moral imperative for justice and mercy in equal measures, or doubtful whether these apply to me, middle-aged mom though I am. I am perplexed, I think,…

Sweet old dog.

Last week we had another Marley and Me moment, saying goodbye quite unexpectedly to our sweet old collie, Scout. I say “another” moment, because it’s the third time in eight years we’ve gone through this particular grind of grief; less, surely, than a two-legged loss, but a knock-the-wind-out-of-you pain all the same. Our dogs, one…

Prayer for all the Mamas

Dear Lord, I have so much to do today. And each of the seemingly simple tasks opens up like an onion with a million layers. You know how I'm prone to panic, Lord, at the busyness, at the clock. So "teach me to number my days aright, that I may gain a heart of wisdom."…

A Spiritual Personality Test

Before there was Enneagram or Myers-Briggs, there was Jesus. When a stickler for rule-keeping asked him (prosaically) about the most important rule of all, Jesus' answer went so far above and beyond that it could easily answer a dozen (better) questions. Let's see. What is God looking for from humans? What is the key to…

Called and Keeping Place: Two Very Short Book Reviews

This month I simultaneously listened to Jen Pollock Michel's Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home and paged through Ryan Pemberton's Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis's House and Back Again. It was a fascinating combo platter. Both Michel and Pemberton found themselves far from their places of origin and longing for home. Both explore…

Sojourner

Imagine you slept last night with the window cracked, and this morning as the sky grew light, you heard a persistent bird on a tree branch outside. It must have been a new bird in the neighborhood, because it was a tune you hadn’t heard, one haunting melody whistled again and again. Imagine you got…

Billy Graham is 99

My husband can do a mean Billy Graham impersonation.  His voice drops an octave, his eyes start to twinkle, and in his best Southern accent, he implores, "Come on down, just come as you are.  Come on down."  Billy, as you've probably heard, hit 99 today -- 99 years on planet Earth.  The man was…

Eternal Perspective Excerpt

From Thirty Thousand Days! "We are very, very small. Consider for a moment that there are over 100 billion stars in the Milky Way alone, and that the Milky Way is only one of billions of galaxies. Try to fathom for a moment the unfathomable distance between each of these perpetually exploding balls of gas…

Life is Vapor, Week 11

"Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest." — Mark Buchanan "Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the…