Our Confidence is in the Shalom-Maker

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. In the early days of the New Year I stumbled upon Psalm 46. I was thinking about how God disarms our violence, and I landed on this psalm on this January morning. But here the song—for it is a song that celebrates the […]

Guts Does Not Always Equal Glory

When I think of the word “glory,” several images and phrases come to mind. “The glory of God” with rays of sunshine bursting through the clouds at just the right moment. “All guts and no glory” for the athletes who work their tails off in a sports game and end up losing in the end. […]

Making Room for Glory

I keep thinking that the container matters when it comes to God’s glory. But it doesn’t. A poor, unwed Jewish girl was not a container that would have been chosen for glory. And yet she was. A place for animals would not have been a container chosen for the birth of the Glory One, and […]

We Don’t Need Whitewashed Warriors

We like our warriors a little wounded, flawed. It makes for a more interesting story when the hero has to overcome their demons to win the day. Wonder Woman goes on despite her broken heart and disillusionment. Odysseus had to deal with his hubris to complete his journey. Paul continued his ministry, never rid of […]

Babies

There’s an 11-year-old girl who, whenever she sees me, asks when I’m going to have a baby. After trying my best to conceal my panic and shock, I gently remind her that I’m in my mid 20s and don’t plan on thinking about having kids any time soon. The girl refuses to accept my feeble […]