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Open and Closed Doors

Have you ever been so focused on something you wanted to see happen that you missed something that WAS happening? It's a little bit like staring at a closed door, and not turning to see the beauty around that door that might be waiting to be seen. This can happen so...

Keeping the end in sight

It's been a sobering week. I had a good friend pass away on New Year’s Eve, and many people (including me) are still mourning her loss My favorite memory of her is the picture above- she baked my wedding cake, and flew out on from Michigan on her dime to celebrate...

New Year, New Eyes

We made it. Does anyone else feel that way as we turn a corner on a new year? It's as if we’ve lived ten lifetimes in 2018- and that's just in weather and disasters alone. Most of us are too tired for resolutions. So I have the perfect solution. Today’s podcast is the...

Prince of Peace

Tomorrow we celebrate the arrival of the prince of peace. And for that reason, I wanted to post my last Advent podcast to prepare our hearts for his entrance. Just over 2000 years ago on this night, in the midst of political turmoil, in the midst of economic...

Everlasting Father

Use the word "Father" for God and many people cringe. Whether it’s a bad dad thing, or a masculine thing, or an unwanted patriarchal feeling, the name “Everlasting Father” as a reference to the Messiah is not always received as good news. Last week on my podcast I...

Mighty God

Calling a leader a "counselor", a "father", or a "prince" is acceptable language. Calling a leader "God" is usually seen as taking it a bit too far. Yet that is exactly what Isaiah does in his description of the coming Messiah. He will be called “Wonderful Counselor....

Wonderful Counselor

Advent is here— and in the midst of all the decorating, shopping, card sending, and wistful thinking that randomly hijacks our hearts, I decided to STOP... and mark this season with some short meditations on Isaiah 9:6 about the coming Messiah. Who is, of course, the...

Hope

As we count the days until Christmas, we all hold hope for what this season will bring. But hope can so easily become expectation. And expectation often leads to disappointment. Because we have a specific idea for how we want our hope to be fulfilled. So the question...

Grief and Gratitude

Grief and gratitude are closer than you may think.  It is not surprising that I'd be talking about gratitude on my podcast this week since Thanksgiving is upon us. But grief is enveloping my family going into Thanksgiving, and I am guessing some of you have grief...

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