As many of you know, Jamie had a very serious back surgery in February, just before all this COVID-19 craziness started. She has suffered from severe back and nerve pain since 2003. Walking with her through the doctors, chiropractors, sleepless nights, and all the other pain and questions has been a humbling and harrowing experience. … Continue reading A Poem About Navigating Pain
I read a post the other day while quarantine Facebook scrolling: “Can’t go to work. No sports on TV. Who am I?” That’s funny on day two of quarantine. That’s not so funny on day fourteen. One of the gifts of this pandemic disruption of our “normal” lives is that it causes us to notice … Continue reading Noticing Yourself With God
In my last blog on October 9th, I wrote, “We rarely help people tell their stories, notice their hearts and minds, and give them time to interact with God and His grace for what they notice.” Today’s blog digs a little deeper into that. When I was growing up I would spend at least two … Continue reading Time to Notice Stories
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, … Continue reading A Full Table for Empty People
As I write this, I’m basking in the glow of three weekends spent sharing the grace of God with the people of Bethel Lutheran Church in Bryan, Texas. For me, it felt like the culmination of five years’ worth of hard learning. Well, I guess all of it wasn’t hard learning, but I’m not going … Continue reading Mmmmm…..That Tastes Good!
Here is where we will be in the coming weeks and months. If we are near you, come and see us. If what we are doing is a private retreat, keep us in your prayers as well as the leaders with whom we will be cultivating sacred space! Love y'all! January 18 | We will lead … Continue reading Breathe Life on the Road
Vivek H. Murthy, the Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017, recently wrote in the Harvard Business Review, "During my years caring for patients, the most common pathology I saw was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness." He goes on to say, "Loneliness is a growing health epidemic. We live in the … Continue reading Breathing Life into Your Story