Oh, how we have longed for Christmas this year. Personally, I don’t think I have been as excited for Christmas to come since I was a child. It isn’t just the celebration we need. We need the vision that we are blessed in our humanness, for we spend so much time...
Do Not Be Afraid

Do Not Be Afraid

When God comes knocking at our door, offering joy, our first reaction just might be fear. That was the experience of the casual theologian and excellent novelist Annie Dillard.   In an essay, entitled God in the Doorway, Dillard writes about a Christmas Eve in her...

Serving is a tough way to make a living. Hauling around heavy trays. On your feet all day. Trying to avoid spills, burns, and co-workers. Getting poked, grabbed, harassed and yelled at. And smiling! No matter how rude the customer. Suzy Hansen, who has studied the...
Make Ready a People

Make Ready a People

One of my mentors in ministry was a baby whisperer. John Fuhrmeister loved babies, and they loved him in return. John had a distinctive way of handling babies. He would jostle them around lightly in his arms, turning them so that he could look fully into their faces...