So much to love…

I’ve got to confess that I’ve probably watched this video waaaay too many times in the last few days. It’s just the most recent episode of me spending too much time on YouTube with music videos in languages I don’t speak (although this time the song is in English; the previous episode centered on this…

Why I love…

Eugene Peterson, a person I’ve never met, who’s never heard of me, and whose most well-known work I’ve never read. At a time when I was feeling battered, uncertain, and living in a foreign land on the second floor of a small concrete house, at the end of a dead-end alley, in an unheated room…

Thoughts on a Friday

Some heartening thoughts on the day when so many around the world will celebrate in the name of the mysterious St. Valentine.  😉 My brother or sister, if you live out of the center, you win.  On a given day you might be more depressed than anything else, but when your life is hidden with…

Thoughts on a Friday

The Master Potter by Marlene J. Chase He moves amid the potsherds, with patient practiced eye, saves fragments of divinity shattered by outrageous winds. Plying His grand, inscrutable trade, He grinds the useless shards and kneads them into clay. … Read the rest here (p. 32).

Thankful even for what’s been thrown away

You may have seen this on Faceboook or somewhere else online, but it’s amazing, so I had to share it here, too. Like nature abhors a vacuum, I abhor waste, and that includes wasting people, so I’m really touched by projects like this that take what has been discarded and turn it in to something…

Thoughts on a Friday

We have gotten so used to the ultimate Christian fact — Jesus, naked, stripped, and crucified — that we no longer see it for what it actually is: an injunction to strip ourselves of earthly cares and world wisdom, all desire for human praise, greediness for any kind of comfort, spiritual consolations included; a summons…

Thoughts on a Friday

…God not only commands hospitality to the stranger but promises and even offers to pay the price, if the covenental relationship between God and the people of God goes wrong. … This God would be known as generous Host and merciful Judge and go to all means within reach to be so known and experienced….

Mom’s birthday scones

So, the curries will have to wait for awhile.  My mom’s birthday was last week, and I whipped up some surprise scones for her ahead of time.  I started with my basic Breakfast Scones recipe and added some almond extract, orange peel, and dried cranberries.  And since I love my mom and it’s right around…

Discomfort

I don’t know how to say this and make it come out right, but I’m thankful that my bubble of privilege and plenty has been broken.

The communion of saints

This is a strange one to be thankful for…  I’m not even exactly sure what it is. It pops up at the end of the apostles’ creed along with the much more touted forgiveness and resurrection.  There’s no explanation, no rationale; it’s just there. It’s not a phrase I often think about, but it’s crossed…

Thankful

Today I’m thankful for my brothers: for their faith for humoring me and playing games games I think are cool even if they don’t really like them for their sense of humor for their music for all the times we’ve gotten to hang out together for making me laugh and laughing with me for their…