We Have a Limitless Capacity to Love

Few people have shaped my life like my beloved Oma Toews, my maternal grandmother. She was a woman with extraordinary capacity and I was blessed to be a recipient of her huge and bountiful heart. Her capacity to love has instructed me all of my life. I will never forget the day of her funeral […]

Christmas Pajamas Help Us Speak From the Heart

I love traditions, especially those that add to the wonder we celebrate at Christmas. There is something powerful about creating traditions that are meaningful and crafted to speak to the uniqueness of your family or friendships. Traditions provide stability in a world that is often chaotic and messy. They are an anchor that holds us close […]

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 […]

Finding Our Way Home

I once had a fleet of Air Force servicemen and women point their guns at me. A junior in college at the time, my friends Michael and Alyssa and I had gone to hear a show at a local coffee shop one Saturday night. We packed into my white Chevy Luv, its single row barely […]

In Order to Move Forward, I Must Change

I’ve never understood the appeal of summer. It’s hot, sticky, heavy. I joke sometimes that I have the opposite of most people’s version of Seasonal Affective Disorder–a Pacific Northwest version where I get itchy and angry until the rain returns. My entire family is like this, and I give full credit to my Scottish heritage. […]