Last night while my husband placed ashes on my forehead and the forehead of our 11-year old son and we contemplated our mortality, I cried. Someone once told my husband when our son was very tiny that it was cute when he placed ashes on his little forehead. My husband realized that they didn’t understand … Continue reading Ashes
My spiritual director had the room all set up for me when I arrived yesterday morning. There were small stones set around a candle on a low table in front of where I usually sit. Of course, I commented that it was different. She asked if she had my permission to push me a little … Continue reading Touching the Pain
My son and I went to the Carolina Renaissance Festival this weekend with some friends. It was incredible. Of course, any time I get to pretend I’m a princess is incredible – that’s been true since I was two years old! My child had a wonderful time too, but he did get kindly called out … Continue reading Be Brave
I spent several days this month with a wonderful group of pastors exploring how improvisation – especially the skills learned for comedy improv – can also help us with spiritual formation. This is true in the church, where most of my colleagues are currently serving – and it is equally true for those of us … Continue reading Now Playing: The Theo Tacos
I learned many things at my conference at Columbia Theological Seminary’s “Yes, And: Improvisational Leadership in Times of Dizzying Change" conference. I learned a lot of improv skills. I learned how they relate to ministry, including my work in spiritual direction. And I learned that I both miss congregational ministry and am grateful to have … Continue reading Don’t Yuck My Yum!
I must admit that I am not riveted to the news broadcasts coming out of Las Vegas this morning after the horrific shooting there last night. Not because I don’t care, but because I care too much. I am aware that knowing a few facts are important – that there were people killed and injured, … Continue reading Ups & Downs
I’ve been packing my bags this morning for a quick trip out west for my niece’s wedding. Medicines, underwear, nice dress, t-shirts… oh, and don’t forget the swimsuit for the hotel pool. (I once took the top, but not the bottom of my two piece swimsuit. I now pack both the original and the one … Continue reading On a Journey
It’s been one of those blue kind of weeks. Maybe it’s because I’m coming down off of one of those mountaintop experiences of a ten day prayer retreat. Maybe it’s because my husband is out of the country and I miss talking with him about something heavy weighing on my mind. Maybe it’s because my … Continue reading Where is God when I am Sad?
I’m not sure when I stopped lying on my back under leafy summer trees and watching the sun play through the green. When I moved to the south and it became so hot? When I received my first fire ant bite? When I thought I might be too old to get back up again with … Continue reading Spiritual “Fawn”a