By Heart

Cleaning out the car after a long week. Jackets.  Potato chip crumbs.  Water bottles. A hymnal. Oh, right – a hymnal. Buried under the clutter, I forgot it was there. It must have ridden around with me all week. I put it in the front seat Tuesday. I must have moved it to the back … More By Heart


Every Christmas I am reminded of the gift that imperfection can be. I don’t mean that I look on the bright side and make lemonade out of lemons. No positive thinking or mental wrangling is required. Every Christmas I am reminded of the literal gift (“Here, this is for you!  Open it!! Isn’t it cool?  … More Imperfect


I believe that, for most of my life so far, I have been the primary potter with my own clay. I have shaped much of my own destiny. God might see this differently. God might be giving me the divine eye roll right now. But it’s what I think – that, for better or for … More Clay


Light is neutral. Neither good nor bad. Neither for us nor against us. Light just is. Light, unimpeded, will always do what light does – reveal. Illuminate. Make plain. The only way light will not do what light does is if we, in its presence, choose to close our eyes.


Have you ever yell-prayed? I have. Hoo boy, I have. It’s a despairing spot to be in, but later, when it’s over and you’ve made up and you’re in harmony with God once again, it can be a deeply satisfying thing. It gives you a history with God. It gives you the confidence to say, … More Yell-Praying

Rainbow Weather

(Photo by Sally Holt) It’s rainbow weather here at church. So many tears. Sadness. Genuine grieving. Wet cheeks. Mascara problems. Deep sighs. It’s sad. And it hurts. But it’s rainbow weather. There is rain, yes, but the sun is shining, too. The children in the ministry moment. The choir. The stunning new worship backdrop. The … More Rainbow Weather