Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Wonderful: An Interview with Leroy Barber.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
This is my nightstand. I have more books on the floor (though I didn't take a picture of them as to appear *normal*).
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Whoosh! My calendar is packed. And June is almost gone! There's the old saying, "Bad luck comes in threes" but I've decided that "Busy-ness comes in fives!" So this week we'll take things five-at-a-time. Tell me:
1. Five flowers you'd like in a bouquet or in your garden:
Orange roses, number one. Followed by tulips, begonias, tiger lilies, and hydrangeas. I don't do much of the flower planting at my house, but I reap the benefits of a husband who enjoys landscaping.
2. Five books you want to read (or re-read):
VB6 by Mark Bittman
I'm just beginning to discover Frederick Buechner (I know, I'm behind the times) so his books/sermons/essays are at the top of my list.
The Brothers Karamozav by Dostoyevsky. I've picked up this book numerous times but just can't get through it. Someday.
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson is currently on my nightstand.
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich (and yes, I've read all 18 other Stephanie Plum novels)
3. Five places you want to visit:
4. Five people you'd invite for coffee/tea/beer and pizza:
Amy Poehler and/or Tina Fey
5. Five chores or tasks you'd gladly give to someone else:
Again, thanks to my husband for:
Doing bills and tracking tax information
Cleaning the gutters
I would also gladly hand over:
Cleaning the bathrooms
Picking up socks everywhere. in. my. house.
Bonus: A five ingredient recipe!
I hate to hand this over as it's my go-to potluck/party recipe, but here it is (I'm counting the two sugars as one):
4 lbs. grapes
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
Stir together the sour cream, cream cheese and sugar (and a little vanilla, if you want) in a big bowl. Stir in grapes.
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
Let sit overnight in the fridge. The brown sugar and pecans will form a crust that is irresistible to most (if not all) people.
Bring to a party and watch it disappear. Prepare by bringing copies of the recipe with you. You will be asked.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Text: Luke 8:26-39
hurling themselves off a cliff,
shattering your chains,
So much more than our failures and disappointments
Not more, but through
Not lacking, but whole
God taking our weakness, our sin, and making something good out of it
For God knows how to work with weakness and make it powerful.
You are good.
All of you.
When the waters of baptism flowed over your head
Sealed you with the Holy Spirit
Marked you with the cross of Christ
Ground yourself in the ancient tree of God
Only God's voice left to tell you through the sheer silence:
Let your light so shine!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.’ Jesus spoke up and said to him, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ ‘Teacher,’ he replied, ‘speak.’ ‘A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?’ Simon answered, ‘I suppose the one for whom he cancelled the greater debt.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You have judged rightly.’ Then turning towards the woman, he said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.’ Then he said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’ And he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’
Before the teams' next game, Joyce and Galarraga met at home plate, the umpire wiping away tears, and many Detroit fans cheering them both … even the fans were showing sportsmanship! One man admits his mistake, the victim forgives him. That shouldn't be news … but these days it is.
Monday, June 3, 2013
I don't have answers, but I know my experience of hospitality was powerful enough that I'm still thinking about it. So I'll continue to ponder what hospitality will look like in our changing churches and culture.
Monday, May 13, 2013
To be released from the anxieties of the rapture frees us for life. We're free to love, to transform, and to work for justice. We're free to care for creation and to begin God's transformation of the earth today. All the while, we cling to hope and find strength in what is to come.
There's a story often told about Martin Luther. When he was asked, "If Jesus were to return today, what would you do differently?" He responded, "I'd finish planting this tree." In other words, the best way to prepare for the coming of the Kingdom of God is to live our lives, caring for creation and one another. Amen.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
In the midst of all of the news coverage (don't get me started on the press reporting premature predictions just because they don't have anything else to say and need to fill air time!) I have found solace in--of all places--Facebook. I see comforting quotes from Mr. Rogers and Patton Oswalt tick through my news feed and it makes me feel better. Others have connected me with great reflections and stories. I have few words this day, so I share the words of others. Prayers fill my heart, even as I feel afraid to pray--just as it feels counterproductive to get too hopeful about a new job possibility or longed-for pregnancy (and no, that's not self-disclosure). May God open our hearts to trust and daring hope. May we be compassionate and may it make a difference.
Here are two lovely reflections from two local pastors: John Keller and Glenn Berg-Moberg.
The Blue Room has some wonderful links.
Holy anger and affirming life.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Roger Ebert launched his internet presence about a decade ago, and his website has been on my favorites bar ever since. Every Friday I looked forward to checking for his new reviews. Soon he began writing his blog, which became more and more autobiographical as his illness progressed and took his ability to speak. His writing was candid, breathtaking, wise, and heartbreaking. His perspective on life was empathetic and inspiring. His 2010 cover photo and article in Esquire made me stand up and applaud. I was awed by his resiliency and hope in the face of his illness, and the courage it took to reveal his true face to the world. I feel like I lost a good friend and mentor on Thursday.
Goodbye, Mr. Ebert.