A Prayer for Grief in this Holiday Season

This is a prayer for those who are in mourning, who grieve during this Advent and Christmas season. Creating space to feel and name pain is a God-given practice that we need.   The grief you have might come and go.  It might be an old pain that you are used to carrying  or it might be a new... Continue Reading →

Advent in the Dark (Or The First Year….)

(These are thoughts that have been rattling around my head and that we are talking about a lot in our church community--thankful for those honest pastors...)  Woman with Candle    Casper David Friedrich, 18th century, Germany When I was about 7, I took swimming lessons at the wave pool. During class the waves were turned... Continue Reading →

Mary and Elizabeth

Mary and Elizabeth by Kathe Kollwitz (1928)     Mary stopped short of the gate. The servants’s daughter was in the yard, bending over a puddle of water. Beyond her was the goat’s pen and then, in the shade of the doorway she saw her cousin. To Mary, Elizabeth's body looked bigger than before, thicker,... Continue Reading →

Hope…..hopefully.

I’ve been thinking about hope all week. What gives us hope? What does it look like in my daily, house-cleaning, school-drop-off, dinner-making-ish, life?   What is hope in my home with my girls, with my husband, or with my parents, my brother, my in-laws?   What does hope look like to my friends--dear, dear women who... Continue Reading →

That Unexpected Advent

  Advent.  It is a time of hope, of waiting, of anticipation.  It marks the waiting the world has always known. So many words have been said about Advent.  We want to enter it, we want to live it.  We want to savour this time-this lead up to Christmas. Advent is a time where we... Continue Reading →

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