If the Yoke Ain’t Easy…

Everywhere I look there is work to be done. Everywhere. My kids’ school sends home fliers asking, always asking. For wipes, for Kleenex, for dry-erase markers, for paper. They need chaperones and cupcakes for the Valentine’s Day party. They need time and resources and they are doing good good work, and I want to help. […]

There’s Something About Small Yeses

The other day I got a text a little before 7am. I was still in bed, reading and trying to swim up to the surface of consciousness. My first response was to ignore it. Then I was curious and the adult part of my brain remembered that sometimes people text early in the morning because […]

Reaching Out Across the Age Gap

I was in my early 30’s, a stay-at-home mom with school-aged kids, actively involved as a lay leader in our church, with more time and energy than I had enjoyed since the babies started coming. A woman who was a mentor to me called one day with an idea: “My sister and I would really […]

When Your Saviour Complex is Shattered by Sticky Rice

Had I hiked the trail before, I would have looked ahead. I desperately wanted a landmark to tell me I was close. But the whole country was foreign to me, let alone this dusty path. So I kept my eyes on my tired Asics, trying not to trip while still keeping up my methodical pace. […]

If Your Church Disappeared, Would Anyone Notice?

“If your church was suddenly gone from your city—would anybody notice? Would anybody care?” This question was posed to my husband and I at a conference and it confronted us deeply. We had been pastors in our city for a many years. We were sure our church family would miss us greatly, but we couldn’t […]