Lately I've been reflecting on the balance between truth and grace. I err on the side of truth, passion, and justice, and am constant need of growth in the area of grace. When something becomes a justice issue for me (anytime a person or group of people or creation is treated as "less than"), I … Continue reading Grace in the process
This is the summer of stopping. Resting. Being still. After getting married, ending the semester, going on vacation, and all the planning, stress, and energy that went into those 3 things, I suddenly have nothing to do. I'm not taking classes this summer. I'm not working. I'm not planning a big, life-changing event. I'm just … Continue reading Sabbath Summer
Trying to throw a dart at a blurry target makes aiming difficult. When it comes to people, and loving them in their ridiculousness, quirks, imperfection, I find myself in a similar situation. It's easy to get stuck in what I want. In fact, it's quite difficult to undo layers of selfishness, protection, residue to get … Continue reading A selfless pursuit
Last night I was blessed by some of my favorite storytellers. With humor, guitar, smiles and hearts they told the life of a seed. How gently a seed is planted, with a protective coating to shield from the cares and thorns of life. As she sprouts, life begins. Breath. Wind. Water. Sun. Reaching soft fingers … Continue reading Paradox: good suffering
There are sweet times when I feel alive. So alive. The credits of a very good movie. In the midst of community unfolding. The middle of a coffee date, forgetting how we ever lived without each other. Looking out at a congregation of Jesus-lovers. Drafting out my newest design. Stunned by creation. A moment later … Continue reading The good with the bad.
If you begin sewing, at some point in the near future you will experience seam ripping. There's no getting around it or avoiding it. Fact of sewing - seam ripping happens, often. I've been sewing most of my life and I still seam rip. Every time I sew something. This is my seam ripper, Thelma. … Continue reading Seam ripping – a lesson in patience