• Faith

    Coffee, COVID, and Christmas

    A banging noise woke me up at 4 AM and, after laying wide-awake in bed for 30 minutes, I decided to get up to make coffee. I turned on our electric kettle, Placed a cone filter in my plastic pour-over cone,  Counted out 3 rounded scoops of ground coffee, Waited for water to boil, Poured a few ounces of water over the grounds in a slow, circular motion, Waited 60 seconds for the grounds to bloom, Slowly poured the rest of the water in a delicate, steady, drip, Stirring the grounds with the movement of the water, And then waited for the final drops of water to make their way…

  • Courage,  Faith

    An Unusual Advent Meditation

    “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel…

  • Faith

    Salaam

    Once again, I am filled with so many thoughts and ideas that I want to put into words.  Music often expresses these emotions and deep struggles so much better than words.  In our efforts to plan for multilingual worship, Chris…

  • Faith,  Family

    A Visit With Mom: Dementia

    My mom has dementia.  On the cottage deck, she sits quietly and pleasantly. I play Amazing Grace on my guitar and sing too low because I forgot to bring my capo.  However, that makes it easier for her to add…

  • Family

    A Daughter’s Love

    My dear friends, I want to introduce you to my sweet and spicy thirteen year old, Ginger. She is a gifted writer, weaving creativity and beauty together in profoundly touching ways. Ginger has given me permission to share this incredibly…