One of my favorite Old Testament stories is found in the Book of Exodus. It is a story about a great victory that is won through faithfulness and community. In Chapter 17 the Israelites are triumphant because of Moses' faithfulness to God's leading, as well as God's faithfulness to His people. But this epic battle … Continue reading VICTORIES ARE WON WITH COMMUNITY
I love to set a beautiful table. It makes me happy. But setting a beautiful table is the easy part. It's a controlled environment. I can place everything exactly how I want it. However, if I want my table to stay perfect, then it has to stay empty. And there's really nothing beautiful about that. … Continue reading PERFECT MEANS EMPTY
In the United States we live in a culture that upholds the values of work, productivity, and progress. These values aren't negative. Amazing achievements have resulted from these efforts. But when we apply these values to our relationships, sometimes the simple beauty and the unique gift of presence can be missed. The value of engaging … Continue reading THE GIFT OF PRESENCE IN COMMUNITY
"How do you manage your prayer life?" I asked my senior pastor. "How do you invest in so many people's lives and, then find time to pray for the growing list of needs that you become aware of?" His wise reply spoke to another need. One that I didn't realize I had. He responded that … Continue reading PERMISSION TO TAKE A BREAK FROM COMMUNITY
The French sky was a brilliant blue and the humid air was stifling as we sat down to form a circle on a large patch of dry grass in the center of a dusty campground. We looked at one another, wondering who would speak first, and in what language. Eva was from Germany and … Continue reading WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT COMMUNITY FROM A COMMUNITY CALLED TAIZE
I’ve reached the point in my vocational journey where my passion for cooking surpasses my culinary abilities. Last summer I seriously researched going to culinary school. But this pursuit does not fit into our resources of time or money. However, I have been able to take several cooking classes at Sur La Table. It's not … Continue reading THREE THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE AT A COOKING CLASS
Mama K. In 2010 that was the nickname given to me by a high school student a couple of days into our short-term missions trip to Corozal Town, Belize. Mama K? I was only thirty-eight years old and suddenly college students and post-grads were calling me "Mama K". The first few times that I … Continue reading WHO IS MY COMMUNITY?