Welcome the Stranger – Leviticus 19:34

We didn't know anyone in our new community when we moved into our country home. Both my husband and I had lived in Eugene since elementary school, not realizing how deep our roots had grown—or how important they were. We'd stayed in the same school district for decades, taking part in athletic competitions, after school clubs, community events, and church … Continue reading Welcome the Stranger – Leviticus 19:34

God Shows His Delight in Us – Zephaniah 3:16-17

My grandchildren have great radar, and it's not because I carry candy in my purse. They are genuinely delighted to see me when I walk into church. Nothing is sweeter than hearing them holler "Grandma!" and come running to wrap their arms around me. We should call out to God like that Some people don't have the … Continue reading God Shows His Delight in Us – Zephaniah 3:16-17

I Taught my Son to Worship a Dog – Psalm 25:4-5

Our new puppy Max was no god. The shepherd mix was my 5-year-old's favorite playmate when his brothers weren't around. Seth's early experiences with his friend, however, were painful. Max nipped at fingers, making Seth pull his hand back. My son soon came inside with a frown, sliding the glass door between him and his pet. Dog Training 101 I reminded … Continue reading I Taught my Son to Worship a Dog – Psalm 25:4-5

My Family is a Mess – Luke 11:27-28

We played at the park last weekend, after a memorial celebration honoring one of our family members who passed on. It wasn't overly solemn, nor did the rifts between us show themselves much. After enjoying the potluck meal, Jerry and I headed to the playground with our grandchildren and grand-nephews. Our son-the-father-of-several gave his dad an … Continue reading My Family is a Mess – Luke 11:27-28

Perfection, and Not – Ephesians 2:4-7

Real children don't always behave well, not like the cherished doll that adorned my bed. Real children come to us bringing messes, noises, and cries of protest. Not Priscilla. I bought her at a church bazaar with my babysitting money, after years of yearning for one of Mrs. Dillon's dolls. Priscilla's job was to spend the day exactly as … Continue reading Perfection, and Not – Ephesians 2:4-7