It is not unusual for Christians to question God when we suffer and when we observe evil in the world. But Good Friday offers good lessons for those who grapple with a circumstance God has the power to prevent. That's because the crucifixion of Christ was one of the most preventable events in human history. … Continue reading Why does God allow preventable things?
By the time Jesus was crucified, Mary had spent 33 years trusting God through all kinds of experiences with her son. The second time we are told she "treasured" uncertain circumstances was after preteen Jesus went missing for three days. Worried and anxious, Mary scolded her boy. “Son, why have you treated us like this? … Continue reading Advent Reflection: Buried Treasure
Just before our wedding day, my father asked if Joe and I were planning to ride away from the reception on a donkey. It was the first time anyone had ever joked about the fact that we shared the names of Christ’s parents, Joseph and Mary. Given the fact that our car didn’t start when … Continue reading Advent Reflection: Married Treasure
I try very hard to feel hopeful about America in spite of our racial division. I am a grandmother, after all. I want a safe and prosperous country for my grandchildren. But since November 2016, I have been more discouraged than hopeful. Yes, the economy is thriving, but bigotry … Continue reading Advent Reflection: Holding onto Hope
Motherhood, the Christian life, and life in general offer many opportunities for feeling flawed and hopeless. When we sin, we feel unworthy of God's love. When we make parenting mistakes, we feel our children deserve better. When family and friends reject us, we feel despised. I am beginning to realize how much of my adult … Continue reading When You’re Feeling Worthless
Today is the anniversary of my mother's death, and it's hard to hold back the tears. And as I think back to a statement I made last week to a therapist, I feel shame in addition to sorrow. That's because I had the gall to say, "My mom was basically mute in my life. I can't … Continue reading The Greatest Gift My Mother Gave Me