Three Ways to Pause and REJOICE!

Tomorrow is the third Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of joy. All of the assigned readings for the day reflect that spirit, that ineffable whatever-it-is, that deep-down sense that all is right with the world, even when things may not be objectively right in any way. I can’t think of a better Sunday to take […]

Madeleine L’Engle Made Me Do It

My husband and I fell in love dodging sparks over a shared affection for travel, coffee and Madeleine L’Engle. I had just finished rereading L’Engle’s treatise on faith and art, Walking on Water, for the umpteenth time, feeling the usual pull to be a writer without the guts to follow the call. My future husband, […]

God’s Love is Better Than a Road Map

Another detour – are you serious?! Why today of all days when I have so much to do and I already feel behind? A flight delay … road construction… an unexpected emergency meeting is called—I just don’t have time for this! I have discovered that detours are often a part of God’s big master plan. […]

When Gratitude Doesn’t Mean a Finished Story

Everything in me knows what I’m supposed to say: “It was great! We had a wonderful time!” But the words stick in my throat, because the truth is much more complicated than the socially acceptable one-liner. Here’s the truth: I’m glad we got to go. It was important to have gone. But there is a […]

Hello, 40. It’s a Pleasure to Meet You

Right around the time you read this, I will mark my 40th birthday. It’s a strange number to reach.  In some ways turning 40 feels easier than turning 30. Thirty was strange; it felt old and other. I started wondering if I could consider myself young anymore. Forty feels less confusing, but more like a reckoning. […]