Bringing Your Crumpled Hope to Advent

Bringing Your Crumpled Hope to Advent

I was ordained seven years ago in the season of Advent. I can remember with great enthusiasm and expectation entering through the double doors seeing the community of faith who first called me pastor gathered to participate and bless the call on my life. That kind of...
Permission to Hope

Permission to Hope

The global pandemic is far from over, but a flicker of light illuminates hope. As a dark winter settles over the United States, COVID-19 rages. Confirmed cases and deaths rise at alarming rates. Communities are shutting back down to combat the spreading virus....
Smells Like Better Times

Smells Like Better Times

The sense of smell is often relegated to secondary status among the others. But it has two characteristics that set it apart from sight, hearing, taste and touch. First, smells tend to linger even after the stimulus has been removed. Second, smell can trigger memories...
We Can’t Allow the Nightmares to Come True

We Can’t Allow the Nightmares to Come True

With a crowd of other children, I toddled through a school lunchroom, holding my mother’s hand as we moved closer to the front of a line at one of several tables covered with sugar cubes in very small paper cups. When it was my turn, a nurse handed me a sugar cube,...
How Trees May Help Your COVID-19 Anxieties

How Trees May Help Your COVID-19 Anxieties

We’ve all had to find our own ways of coping with a restricted way of life while we co-exist with COVID-19. Apparently, lots of folk have been tuning in to Bob Ross, the American painter, instructor and television host on his own program, The Joy of Painting. It helps...