Weekly Reflections

Weekly Reflections are a chronicle of our personal journeys in relationship with God and others. These stories illustrate the breadth and depth of the Christian experience, and we offer them to you for encouragement and inspiration in your own journey.

Delighting in Community

We were living life together, enjoying one another on a beautiful day. We were celebrating a wondrous little life, and I was envisioning many more events to come. It filled my heart with gratitude that God has brought our two families together, and it gave me hope that we can be a part of bringing a larger circle of people together as well.

Anxiety

It is fear--in the old sense of awe--that allows us to recognize the holy in our midst, fear that gives us courage to listen, and to let God awaken in us capacities and responsibilities we have been afraid to contemplate.

Simple Acts

Last week marked the thirteenth year since that terrible September day in 2011. Each anniversary as the horrific images once again scroll across computer and TV screens I am profoundly reminded of the grief and loss.

Stopping Is Hard

I went on a personal silent retreat recently. I set aside a couple of days to step away from the activity of my everyday life, so that I could instead spend all time focused on being with God, like when Jesus would go into lonely places to pray to the Father.

Wealth and the Kingdom

“How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” I’ve heard that passage my whole life, and I’ve heard the same interpretation of it each time. But I’m really questioning that interpretation now.