Home

What makes a home is very simple: love and safety. Safety to be your whole self and to say anything, while knowing without a shadow of a doubt that you will always be unconditionally loved by the people there. It’s true when you’re 5 and when you’re 75. Home can be a house, apartment, tent,…

Dads and Dogs and Peace

At least a thousand times in years 1-21, I heard my Dad say If you hang around with dogs, you’ll start barking like a dog. Even now at 46 years of age it sort of makes me want to roll my eyes. I hadn’t thought about that line in years until I recently heard this…

Mother of All Human Beings

This photo moves me. A mother supporting protestors while supporting her child while feeding her child. A mother, doing what she can in this moment, investing in the next generation in multiple ways. Genesis 3:1 tells us Adam named his wife Eve “because she was the mother of all human beings.” Perhaps it’s because of…

Honeysuckle

I have little-to-no sense of smell. Years of allergies will do that. Very few scents register for me, but among those I can always detect are garlic, an old drugstore perfume called Charlie, and honeysuckle. Honeysuckle makes me smile wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, every single time. It’s the smell of summer. The smell…

Right-Side Up

I started a note in my phone a few weeks ago, on a day that I was particularly grumpy and at my max. A note of things to be thankful for, particularly in this day and in this moment and in this circumstance. I did the same thing a few years ago in the year…

Quarantine Stream of Consciousness

The Queen’s messages in the first month of this quarantine were the most uplifting and heartfelt of all the messages by world figures/leaders. Many religions have festivals which celebrate light overcoming darkness. Such occasions are often accompanied by the lighting of candles. They seem to speak to every culture, and appeal to people of all…

Old Testament Lessons

I recently watched Unorthodox on Netflix and am fascinated by some of the Jewish traditions shown in it. As I’ve been reading up on a couple, I realized that Passover begins tonight - in the middle of the Christian Holy Week. I’m not Jewish and I’ve not draped it correctly, but my heart is in…

Corona and Communion

Everything is different, and yet everything is the same. The most important people are still the most important people. The most important things are still the most important things. And yet, everything seems different somehow. I guess it’s not actually that things are different so much as that things have been even more revealed. What…

Love, Genuinely

When I was a young girl I heard my first real bit of advice about love, and it went something like this: if you read 1 Corinthians 13 and cannot replace the word love with a special someone’s name, then that’s not your person. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it…

I Believe

My youngest is eight years old and all throughout this season I’ve been a bit melancholy. I suspect this is the last Christmas where she’ll believe in Santa, and it makes me a little sad. I’m frankly surprised we made it to this age with that magic intact. In years ahead there will still be…