THE GIFT OF PRESENCE IN COMMUNITY

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

PERMISSION TO TAKE A BREAK FROM 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

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT COMMUNITY FROM A COMMUNITY CALLED TAIZE

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

BECAUSE JOY IS STRENGTH

A tea party, sunshine, butterflies, sun hats, laughter, and lawn games. A lovely afternoon to welcome spring and celebrate the conclusion of our current book study, "When the Heart Waits", by Sue Monk Kidd. This book is a wonderful exploration of how we are intentionally led into seasons of waiting.  And if we can have … Continue reading BECAUSE JOY IS STRENGTH

A TAPESTRY OF LOVE

Last week I feasted with lifelong friends at a Mexican restaurant to honor an engagement. For over 20 years many of us have gathered to witness marriages and births, to honor achievements, and celebrate milestones.   We also gather to carry each others burdens and to grieve our losses.  They are my people. Our personal … Continue reading A TAPESTRY OF LOVE

MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE

This morning I am thankful to be living in the calm that comes after the storm.  Because October was a very stormy month.  Not the kind that brings needed rain, the kind that brings relentless turmoil. In early October we tore up our patio for an outdoor renovation project. And then two days later my 14-year-old … Continue reading MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE