The Week Before the Week Before

The week before the week before. There’s really not a holiday card celebrating that. It does happen though – every time there’s a major holiday, there’s always the week before the week before. It’s that time where you are thinking about what all needs to be done, but not at a panic stage yet. There’s…

The Wind Blows Where It Chooses

What does it take to enlarge our vision of the world? I love starting out with a simple and easy to answer question. *snort* But I’m serious, what does it take to enlarge our vision of the world? I suppose we have to first decide if we want our vision enlarged or if we pretty…

Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much

I have a painted board in my office. It’s probably a Pinterest kind of thing, I’m guessing, and it’s my humble level of decorating, if there’s any free space – maybe that’s why it’s sitting on a window sill. It says: “Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much”. And it has some kind of vine-y green…

Getting Grounded and Rising Up

We started the sermon series Rise Up this past weekend, and certainly the song by Andra Day is a grounding piece of that. I hope you’ll tap into the Youtube video that heads the blog and listen as she talks about what the song is about for her in writing and performing it. As great…

Here, Hold This.

“Here, hold this,” she said. We had touched down and taxied to the gate. The seatbelt signs had been turned off and the aisle seat-holders were standing and carefully retrieving their belongings from the overhead bins, since things sometimes shift during the course of flight. “Here, hold this,” she said and handed me her, I…

Serenity, Courage, Wisdom

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. I had a friend for many years who started every day with the Serenity Prayer. She had been in recovery from alcoholism for 17 years at that time, and said…

Love Our Neighbor…As Ourselves?

  I think I finally decided yesterday, since it was Valentine’s Day, it might be time to put away my nativity set. Someone mentioned to me recently that Ash Wednesday is two weeks from today which kicks off the season of Lent. So yes, I suppose it’s time to put away the nativity set celebrating…

To the Mountains

I’ve always liked going to the mountains. Who doesn’t, really? From the Kansas City area there’s that whole ‘drive across the state of Kansas’ deal, but even then, there are places along the way that can pique an interest. Take Topeka for instance, our capitol city. Have you ever taken the tour of the State…

Blessed Are Those Who…Play Ping Pong?

We’ve inaugurated, we’ve marched, we’ve reacted to the inaugurating and the marching. We’ve watched, we’ve heard, and we’ve decided whether or not to engage in sometimes more and sometimes less meaningful discussions, perhaps unfortunately mostly on social media. We’ve supported, we’ve ranted, we’ve moralized, we’ve demoralized and, my guess is, we’ve rarely changed anyone’s mind…

Out of the Fog

It’s foggy in our area this morning. Earlier, the news reported that the “frozen fog” weather phenomenon is dangerous because not only can people not see clearly, the light film of moisture can freeze in different places and cause dangerous conditions for people both walking and driving. So there were multiple fender benders on my…

I’m Inadequate.

I’m inadequate. I know that’s not a shock, but most particularly this day I feel inadequate to comprehensively speak on Martin Luther King Jr. and the ongoing conflictual state of race relations in the United States and our local community. As we approach the day set aside to celebrate the life of one who was…

Opera, Anyone?

  So opera. Season ticket holders? Can’t wait for the season to start? Know when opera season actually is? Is it sorta like Chiefs or Royals seasons but different?!? True confession, I’m not a connoisseur of fine opera. I did not grow up being exposed to much classical music and certainly not having any sense…