Monday Prayer Practice: Valentine Cards

O.K. Maybe this is a bit of a stretch for a “prayer practice.” But this morning, during my sabbath time, I made some Valentine cards. Just me in my quiet house with my art supplies. Yes. It was as wonderful as it sounds. I pray you will find time this week to do something that…

Living these Days “Advently”

As a pastor, I know that Advent is a time of preparation, a time of pondering, a time of patient waiting. It is a season to contemplate the growing darkness of our days and appreciate the promise held in the darkness of Mary’s womb. It is a time pregnant with the possibility of recognizing and…

Sabbath Cards

I spent some of my Sabbath time this weekend making cards. Not quick and simple cards–those are the ones I make out of necessity–when I need a card ASAP. These are Sabbath cards–made for people I love without regard for how long it takes to make each one. These luxurious expanses of creative time are…

Rule of Life Update

So this is my new “Rule of Life” board. And I know it looks crazy. The thing is, my life is kind of crazy. In a good way, but still. Three kids at two different schools that have different start and end times–and they all get out of school early every Wednesday and sometimes the…

“Holy Uselessness”

In her book At Home in the World, Margaret Guenther encourages us to include times of “holy uselessness” in our Rule of Life. As hard-working adults we too often lose the gift for letting go, for delight in simply being. We persuade ourselves that every moment must be lived productively; like the busy little bee,…