Lenten Practice of Joy: Signs of Hope (Romans 4:18)

“Hoping against hope…” –Romans 4:18 After ten minutes of trial and error we were finally connected via zoom. While not preferable, it was the safest option for meeting. A stretch of cold, more than normal wintery precipitation, and the ongoing isolation and limits, we were all of a bit stir crazy.  “On my way backContinue reading “Lenten Practice of Joy: Signs of Hope (Romans 4:18)”

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 Practice of Joy: Holding On (1 Thessalonians 5)

“…hold fast to what is good…” –1 Thessalonians 5:21 Did you really have a bad day or just a bad moment?  It’s a question that has stayed with me; one I try to use not only on myself, but in conversation with my kids– particularly when I want them to get some perspective.  This passageContinue reading “Advent Practice of Joy: Holding On (1 Thessalonians 5)”