Devotions

A Moment of Peace

A Moment of Peace

"Peace be with you."//Luke 24:36 It may sound strange, but my most peaceful moments happen in the car. I’m talking about the tiny windows of time I have when I...
April 21, 2022
Stockpiling Goodness and Hope

Stockpiling Goodness and Hope

"A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good." // Luke 6:45 I’m obsessed with a certain kind of black tea. Because it’s a holiday...
February 27, 2022
This Is Your Moment

This Is Your Moment

"Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah." // Matthew 1:17...
December 17, 2021
Not the End of the Story

Not the End of the Story

My household consists of my patient and kind husband, my two basketball-playing and computer-loving sons, and one loyal rescue dog. I’m grateful every day for every one of them. My...
September 25, 2021
See God's Delight

See God's Delight

When I challenge myself to name things that delight me, it’s pretty easy to come up with a list. The way my dog greets me at the door, all tail-wagging,...
August 23, 2021
My First, But Not My Best, Response

My First, But Not My Best, Response

Years ago, I came across a helpful tip for parents: imagine all the things you say to your children as a pie chart. How much of the pie is praise...
July 27, 2021
J-O-Y with No Glue Required

J-O-Y with No Glue Required

My mother, a retired Catholic school teacher, once told me about a Christmas pageant gone wrong. For the big performance, her fourth grade students made homemade sashes with JOY in...
May 09, 2021
Challenges, Both Epic and Everyday

Challenges, Both Epic and Everyday

Today’s Psalm gives us this vivid passage: "The breakers of death surged round about me, the destroying floods overwhelmed me; The cords of the nether world enmeshed me, the snares...
March 26, 2021
Loving Through Our Fear

Loving Through Our Fear

My older son recently asked me to name my greatest fear. I didn’t even have to think before answering. “That something bad will happen to someone I love,” I told...
December 28, 2020
How and Why We Gather

How and Why We Gather

In the summer of 2020, gatherings look differently than they used to. Car parades instead of graduation ceremonies, virtual birthday parties, work meetings via Zoom: for the last few months...
August 12, 2020