Can’t believe I forgot the towel!

A few weeks ago I wrote about God's perfect plan of redemption, in a post titled "A perfect plan & a tree".  It was a post I was particularly excited about for its creativity and message.   But today as I prepared for the Passover Seder that we celebrated at The Bridge, and began reflecting on Jesus' last supper with His disciples before His crucifixion, I realized I missed a hugely … [Read more...]

Use your words…wisely

I can't even recall what the little argument was over, but a container of markers somehow ended up stuck in the middle of the disagreement.  As the two kids simultaneously grabbed for the container while trying to keep it away from each other, I interrupted them.  "Stop!  Use your words.  Talk about what the problem is - don't just grab and push!" With a little encouragement the two … [Read more...]

Loving the least of these

Have you ever faced a situation, and thought, "I don't know what to do!!"?  You pray and seek out the counsel of the Holy Spirit, ready to obediently respond, if only you knew what that obedience looked like.  Sometimes we can feel like that even in the simple day-to-day details of life.  We want desperately to live a life of sacrifice, obedience and purpose as a response to the grace … [Read more...]

Silence and darkness

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr. Silence. Silence is failing to speak up when something needs to be said.  Such silence is harmful and never leads to growth, change or improvement.  But speaking up is hard - really hard.  I've … [Read more...]

Are you playing “The Quiet Game”?

We were all seated in the van and Josiah announced "The Quiet Game" - that glorious game every parent loves for their children to play.  The rules are simple - whoever can remain quiet the longest wins.  The peace and quiet was interrupted about a minute into the game by none other than Josiah.  "It's ok," he declared, "I'm the judge so I can talk..." I'm not sure who eventually won the … [Read more...]