Give them grace. Sunday morning Carey said, “I think we are supposed to kneel down somewhere.” I don’t know where that came from, I didn’t ask, it didn’t matter, I laid face down on the floor. It immediately struck me I had been thinking about Grace Center, the church where Carey and I met and … Continue reading Are You Breathing in the Center of Grace?
Give them something different. One recent morning, on my walk with God, halfway up our driveway, I heard geese honking. That’s not unusual, there is a lake close-by that the geese love. But when I turned to see the geese, it was actually two herons, flying right over our house. Before we married, during a … Continue reading Ritual
Give them a magic number. So I never use all caps when I write. When I read something written in all caps, it feels like the writer is YELLING AT ME. And I almost never yell. But this week I was almost out of time on a project for work. We had to get something … Continue reading More Grace
Give them grace. Do you have a favorite coffee mug? Even if you don’t drink coffee, you know people who do and you know that there is a coffee ritual with coffee drinkers. With Carey and me, our ritual-in-general is to not have rituals. Each of our every day dishes (and matching mugs) is a … Continue reading Grace Mug
Release them from the pen. For Christmas a friend gave me a t-shirt with a stylized cartoon of a sheep and a goat. Between the two animals is an old school division symbol - not the slash. Remember how your grade school math teacher told you to “make a little house?” On this shirt, inside … Continue reading Separating Sheep from Goats
When is “no” the right answer? A couple of years ago I was introduced to Ruth. I knew she worked in the ministry somewhere, but didn’t really know what she did. This week Ruth sent me a Facebook message asking if I would like to write a devotional for her new book of devotionals. I … Continue reading Daily Devotional