"And when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to the one who is in secret...for God knows what you need before you ask. Pray, then, like this:" "God, make me a better person. Make me kind." "Oh, Lord, forgive me for my jealousy...my pride...my anger." "God, am I doing … Continue reading How I am Praying Now
The first thing I hear when I walk into Clifton is someone singing....badly. He is off-key, and when I turn the corner, I see him sitting at the table wearing headphones and a suit. I'm not exactly sure what's going on or, honestly, why he's still here at 10:00. All our guests leave in the morning … Continue reading Joy
I’m walking through downtown Atlanta, a city of concrete and glass. I’m wet; I knew the second I walked outside that I needed to go put on my rain boots, but if I went back for them, I’d miss the 2:33 bus. So I made it to the bus on time but now my feet … Continue reading January
I love the new year. I love beginnings, real or imaginary (thank you, Gregorian calendar!) and I love resolutions. Friends and family will know that I am goal oriented to a fault and January 1st is a fantastic excuse to make new goals and plans. Of course I have plans, goals, and dreams for what … Continue reading Resolutions for a New Year
I’ve been pretty quiet for the last almost-month since the United States presidential election. But good news, y’all! I’m not going to stop talking about politics. Like many people, I was caught off guard by the results of the election on November 9th. I think I might be processing this for a while and I … Continue reading I Am Not Going to Stop Talking About Politics
Today's scriptures: Psalm 124; Genesis 9:1-17; Hebrews 11:32-40. Praise God! we escaped like a bird from a trap. But what of the one still captive? What promise is given To one who does not fear a flood But looks skyward, longing for rain? A friend of ours from Kenya days is hosting an Advent reflection entitled Advent Lines … Continue reading Promises
Several weekends ago, the Dwellers (YAVs) in Atlanta went on retreat! Sarah’s grandfather kindly allowed us to come and stay in the Morrell family cabin, which just so happened to be in Bristol, Virginia, mere miles from Johnson City, where I attended seminary. It was a good retreat, a quiet one. Site Director Chad told … Continue reading ReTREAT!