They Call Me Pastor

The week I got a church, some of my friends at seminary stopped using my name. They started calling me pastor, at least in greeting. When we saw each other in passing in the hallway they would call to me: “Hey, Pastor!” “How’s it going, Pastor!” “Praying for you, Pastor!” Pastor. Then, when I went […]

Mija, God Doesn’t Make Mistakes

By Gloria O’Hare My Grandma Cora has always been a firm believer in God. She never doubted His love and goodness, ever. She passed away this last December, and as heartbroken as I was and still am, I still have my memories of her I still hold on to. I cherish the words she always […]

Fighting Fire With Love

Each week during the winter months of the year just past, our Confirmation students would arrive, shivering in the central California coolness, for our very early 8:45 a.m. Sunday classes. My husband would gather wood from a nearby pile and light a fire in the lovely fireplace in our gathering space. One by one, the girls […]

Remembering I Can Overcome

In the middle of that moment with the cold seeping into joint and marrow, in what felt like an endless night, we couldn’t imagine being warm ever again. We had been hiking down the mountainside all day. The expansive view of the Ozarks still fresh in our memories, we descended into the absolute opposite landscape. […]

Casserole Not Required

He showed up mere hours after finding out what happened. It was Easter Sunday. The sun had already set, sealing what had officially been the worst 24 hours of our lives. I saw his familiar truck pull into the drive, crackling slowly over the gravel. The headlights illuminated our ragged selves, huddled around a massive […]