Love Deeply

Buggies, Shopping Carts, and Carriages

© 2013 breki74, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio One of the first things you notice upon arriving in a new region of our incredibly diverse country, is the local accent. This is quickly followed by differences in pronunciations, colloquial phrases, and actual names for things. I'll never forget when we arrived in Alabama to candidate for my husband's pastoral position and someone announced they would carry us to church and…
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Loving Others

What We’re Really Saying When We Pretend to Have it All Together

  I'm a notoriously bad faker. Nothing exhausts me more than plastering on a smile when I'd rather be curled up in bed reading a book or crying under my covers. But I'm a mom and a pastor's wife and a human who needs to eat and therefore needs to go to the grocery store so I have lots of experience faking it. And I'm not saying we should never…
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Loving Others

When You Feel Paralyzed by the World Around You

Some days it hits you all at once. Your husband is out of town, the kids are screaming for daddy, and as you try to mind-numb with Facebook you see this little boy sleeping in the same position as your kiddo sleeps. Except this child, he isn't sleeping. And things start to swirl: there are expectations to meet, objectives to achieve, people to not disappoint. And there are babies dying and boys…
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Loving Others

A New Just Wait

© 2013 Dave Taylor, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio "You think being a kid is tough? Just wait until you have to pay your own bills." "You think long hours at work are tough? Just wait until you have long hours at work and your kids wake you up at 5am on the weekends." "I know you feel huge and you have insomnia, but just wait until you have…
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Loving Others

Service Doesn’t Start in the Soup Kitchen

© 2005 Elvert Barnes, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio It's that time of year again. The bells are ringing outside the grocery store. The churches are pushing for mission's funding. The commercials are breaking our hearts. Our consciences are pricked. Our guilt runs deep. So we throw a little money here. And a little bit there. And we schedule a soup kitchen serving slot in between all the must-do…
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Faith

Even So Come Quickly

© 2010 Barbara Müller-Walter, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio This world aches and groans. Disease. Brokenness. Inequality. Racism. Injustice. Poverty. Flat-out meanness. I could just cry over the meanness. In my own heart and in others. We ache and we yearn for something better. And that is why we practice Advent. We spend Advent remembering the long wait for Hope incarnate. And we look forward to the coming Hope.…
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Faith

Why I Gossip and How I’ve (Mostly) Stopped

I hate to admit that I struggle with gossip. I'd rather downplay it. The reality is, I don't gossip with very many people. And therefore I've justified it as okay. But it's not. And I'd like to say it's something I put aside years ago. But that's not true either. I can say that I'm much improved over the last year or so. But I can't say that's from my…
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