• My Life

    Depression Thaw

    A poem I wrote after months of healing from depression.   a cold breeze creeps in mixing with tears freezing limbs and veins weighed down threatening to snap shattered in pieces thawing comes warming limbs reach upward spring rounds the corner green found within nourished by melted tears new life, new branches

  • Faith Reflections

    Jesus Hitchiker

    Last Sunday*, I gave Jesus a ride. He was a middle-aged woman with a yellow backpack and a cane walking north on Highway 63. I almost missed him. After finishing the second service at church, I was running late for a meeting in Ashland, a little town 15 minutes away.  Speeding up the highway, I was on him before I knew it.  I quickly recognized the woman walking with her thumb outstretched as the woman who had visited our church earlier in the day looking for help. She was passing through mid-Missouri on her way from Portland, Oregon, to wherever…

  • Church Ministry

    The Word on Church

    Stephen Colbert makes me happy. There aren’t too many folks who can make recession humorous. Wouldn’t it be liberating to have a time in church services for “The Word” and it referred to a Colbert-type segment rather than Scripture? The preacher could be preaching but the projection screens show little comments along the way that help to clarify what is really being said. There are several preachers that could really benefit from this. Actually, it would be the congregation that would benefit. Preacher man says “God says, ‘love your neighbor’.”. Screen says “Unless he is gay… or Muslim… or Jew…

  • My Life,  Random Reflections

    It's My Birthday

    Today is my 36th birthday.  It has been a great 36 years and I hope for another 36 at least.   I’ve been blessed in so many, many ways. I’ve had the best family anyone could dream of having.  My parents are my heros in so many ways and truly my friends, my advisors, my confidants.  My sister is so dear to me and I love her and her dear family.  My niece and my nephew are my inspiration for making the moments in life count by investing in what is important and saying “no” to what isn’t. I’m blessed…