From Surviving to Thriving: Battling Anxiety (Comfort: Psalm 139:5-6)

“You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.”  -Psalm 139:5-6 Crawling into bed at night is probably my favorite time of day, but in the summer or on the weekends (whenever I don’t haveContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Battling Anxiety (Comfort: Psalm 139:5-6)”

From Surviving to Thriving: Know Thyself (Comfort: Psalm 139:1-2)

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.”  -Psalm 139:1-2 When my mother-in-law received a terminal diagnosis, my enneagram one self began to make lists. I efficiently packed our family for weekend visits. I carefully scheduledContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Know Thyself (Comfort: Psalm 139:1-2)”

Spiritual Practices: Hopeful Future (Comfort- Luke 24:33)

“It is true! The Lord has risen.” -Luke 24:33 One of the gifts of faith, is being grounded in the hope of a good future. Even when our circumstances are challenging, the stories of scripture remind us of God’s faithful presence and the promise that this is not the end of our story. When peopleContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Hopeful Future (Comfort- Luke 24:33)”

Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Comfort- Luke 24:32)

“They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” -Luke 24:32 “What was your biggest ministry mistake?” he asked. Famous for put-you-on-the-spot questions, my colleague seemed to relish the look of horror that crossed my face as all theContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Comfort- Luke 24:32)”

Comfort: Reflection on God’s Protection (Exodus 33)

“And the LORD continued, “See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, andContinue reading “Comfort: Reflection on God’s Protection (Exodus 33)”

New Year Reflection: Finding Another Way (Matthew 2)

“And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herold, they left for their own country by another road.” —Matthew 2:12 For many the gatherings and events are past. The familiar strands of Christmas tunes now grate; the tree is stripped and boxed up for another season.  And so it seems a bitContinue reading “New Year Reflection: Finding Another Way (Matthew 2)”

Advent Reflection: Comfort in the Messy Middle (Isaiah 40)

“Comfort, O comfort my people says your God.” —Isaiah 40:1 I’m drawn to the beautiful opening lines of this passage, but as you read on it begins to feel more like a rollercoaster ride than a warm hug. But perhaps this is just what we need to hear in our December days when we moveContinue reading “Advent Reflection: Comfort in the Messy Middle (Isaiah 40)”