Pausing in the In-Between

It was a day like any other day in the life-long ministry of Zacharias the priest. With Elisabeth’s goodbye kiss still warm on his cheek, he went about his business, reporting for duty in his scheduled commitment to serve in the Temple. It was a day like no other day when the honor of entering […]

Learning to Hope Out Loud

I’ve been following along with Ann Voskamp’s advent writing and something she said a few days ago just won’t leave me alone, “Faith thanks God in the middle of the story.” Did you exhale when you read that? I did. It’s such a reminder that God isn’t good because God gives me what I want, […]

Letting God Draw Near Every Day

It was the first morning of Advent—the season that embodies longing, the pause between waiting for deliverance and the arrival of Emmanuel.  The only sound I could hear was the ticking of the clock as I scribbled in my journal, lit only by the soft white glow of the Christmas tree’s lights. It was one […]

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 […]

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 […]