Food, the Gospel

“What’s becoming clearer and clearer to me is that the most sacred moments, the ones in which I feel God’s presence most profoundly, when I feel the goodness of the world most arrestingly, take place at the table.”  Shauna Niequist, Bread and...

This is Not How I Pictured Jerusalem

My clogs and I have walked some foreign roads this summer. I’m still a little jet-lagged from my latest trip – a little weary and teary, a little wondering how to carry all the new experiences, new friendships, and difficult realizations with me into my...

Above All, Trust in the Slow Work of God

When I read this post by my new friend, Shawn Smucker, I cried. Not just oh my eyes blurred a little but full out, shaking shoulders, giant tears. Part of my life’s work is to teach people to pay attention to what makes them cry, because tears are tiny...

What We Say When Someone Dies

A few days after Prince died, I read an article on Entertainment Weekly about actor Will Smith’s reaction to the news. “I am stunned and heartbroken. I just spoke with him last night.” When I was in college, one of my high school girlfriends died in...

Hope From Space After Super Tuesday

American astronaut Scott Kelly has been in space on the International Space Station for nearly a full year. Last night, at 11:25 pm EST, in the midst of coverage on the US election results on Super Tuesday, Scott Kelly and two other astronauts arrived safely back to...