Maundy Thursday: Loving One Another (Seder Meal +Footwashing)

Today the church honors Maundy Thursday.  The word maundy is from the Latin word for command. And this is a time when we focus on Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you,” by sharing a meal together and washing each others’ feet as modeled by Jesus in John 13.  Many churchesContinue reading “Maundy Thursday: Loving One Another (Seder Meal +Footwashing)”

Epiphany Joy: The Comfort of Home

For a day in your courts is better     than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God     than live in the tents of wickedness. -Psalm 84:10 For me the feeling of being truly at home is one of complete peace.  Perhaps it is a feeling of comfort orContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: The Comfort of Home”

Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee… He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone…he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me toContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!”

Epiphany Joy: Bulbs

“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!     People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house;     you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life;     in your light we see light.” Psalm 36: 7-9 Sometimes it is allContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Bulbs”

Epiphany Joy: Hope & Expectation

“As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts…” Luke 3:15a The new year brings expectations to the forefront of our thinking by way of resolutions. Often resolutions are focused around things to improve or change. Resolutions and goals are a way to identify hopes and unmet expectations.  The storyContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Hope & Expectation”

Epiphany Joy: Creativity in the Margins

“They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.”  -Matthew 2:9-10 Epiphanies, new understanding, or times of intense clarity need space in ourContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Creativity in the Margins”

Joy for Fall: Breath Prayer (Psalm 19)

Scroll to the bottom for a link to listen to this post on our Some Comfort and Joy podcast! “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” -Psalm 19:14 Cultural self-help encouragement echoes the wisdom of the Psalms: what we give ourContinue reading “Joy for Fall: Breath Prayer (Psalm 19)”

Practice of Joy: Soul Sisters (based on John 11)

“When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.” -John 11:20 As we track with Mary and Martha through the gospel accounts we see the dance of relationship. Sometimes in conflict, other times in alignment. Gifted in with different skills and interest, but both with aContinue reading “Practice of Joy: Soul Sisters (based on John 11)”

Reflection of Joy: Deep breathing

I often find the everyday small things the hardest to maintain.  The big projects and important things, the things I feel passionate about, are easier to accomplish with a joyful heart.  The dishes, reminding my children without losing patience, weeding, and vacuuming I do with less happiness. It has been helpful to find small, repetitiveContinue reading “Reflection of Joy: Deep breathing”

Practice of Joy: Walking by Water (Genesis 13)

“I have now seen the One who sees me.”  -Genesis 16:13b The Bible (particularly the Old Testament) has lots of stories that don’t seem “church appropriate.” What do we do with hard and complex stories of suffering?  While Hagar faces many hardships in her life, she is also the first person in scripture to giveContinue reading “Practice of Joy: Walking by Water (Genesis 13)”