Spiritual Remembering, Part 1

Spiritual Remembering, Part 1

We need reminders. Our to-do-lists and calendars give us proof enough. We search for car keys. We use someone else’s phone to call ours. Then we listen through the house hoping it will reveal its location. I guess, too, that we’ve learned our forgetfulness...
Tasting the Pleasures of God’s Presence

Tasting the Pleasures of God’s Presence

It is not easy to suggest to someone in our congregation that we learn how to practice God’s presence together. After all, for many, the idea of spending a moment-by-moment life with God doesn’t sound exciting. What if God is annoying or socially awkward;...
Recognizing God’s Nearness

Recognizing God’s Nearness

The largest human questions are sometimes asked in the most ordinary and smallest of places. “Where is God?” As a little boy, my youngest son Caleb asked this sacred question before bed. “He is everywhere” I say. “Is he in my room?” “Yes, I say, He is...
Taking Each Day as it Comes

Taking Each Day as it Comes

We feel like we will miss out, or that we are not enough. This is why we cram days into each other. We blur them and force them to get along. But we are restless. Agitated. Irritated. Discontent. When is anything ever enough? We feel restless because we were created...

Why We Need Silences, Not Just Sentences

Lingering among silences makes us feel like toddlers entering the nursery on Sunday mornings. When our parent drops us off, we feel abandoned. We either tantrum about, or we cling to anything or anyone that promises to hold us. Why We Hate Silence Charles Spurgeon,...