If We’re Going to Be the Church We’ll Need Some Apple Crisp

by Sue Donaldason | welcomeheart.com I like to say that if God wanted us to be all by ourselves God would give us each our own planet. Would you like your own planet? Maybe so. I can just picture it. “You, there. Yes, Sue—you get that planet over there by the mall. Imagine! Your own […]

An Awkward and Beautiful Journey {PLUS: Book Giveaway}

{Leave a thoughtful comment on this post to be entered to win the book, Belonging and Becoming: Creating a Thriving Family Culture!} By Lisa Scandrette | Twitter: @Lisa_Scandrette I am really craving a banana, but it has been a year and a half since bananas regularly graced our counter tops. Our son, Noah, came home […]

We Are Here, Beautiful

Not long ago, I attended the funeral of a stranger. Several women and I gathered at the train station on a Friday evening and travelled to another city to attend together. We went because a friend-of-a-friend’s husband had a stroke suddenly while in the Netherlands and had been in a coma. They took him off […]

A Love that Disrupts

One of the great agitators of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” A lot of people like to cherry-pick this quote from Dr. King’s legacy once a year, on his birthday. He was such a remarkable human, and […]

In Sickness and in Health

At the age of 21, I stood in a ridiculously huge white dress, grinning up at my new husband. We were young—I had graduated from university only a month before—and we were full of life and energy. As we knelt under the grand arch of the nave, we said our wedding vows with a naive […]