• Faith Reflections

    Honest Trees of Winter

    I love the changing seasons. It may be because I get bored easily but I like to think it is because I appreciate that most things in life have a beginning and an end. And then another beginning and another ending and so forth. We learn to be present in the season and not fear the winds of change that are blowing. There is an assurance that we will see it again. It will be different but the same in many ways. We will recognize it again when it comes – senses overwhelmed with the blinding sight of crystal snow, the smell of rain showers, the sound of leaves crunching…

  • Faith Reflections,  Youth Ministry

    Source of Significance

    On Wednesday night, I was talking with the youth about our sources of significance. What or who is it that we look to to validate our worth and to prove our significance? There is a lot of similarity between how teens and adults would answer: Relationships. Work or Grades. Success. Money. Popularity. Looks. Influence. There is a long list of fleeting things that we allow to have a lasting impact on our lives. When these things serve as our sources of significance, we live fearful, chaotic lives because we are always chasing that which can’t be caught. It was ironic to me that Wednesday night’s youth gathering turned into a long look in the…