Commonplace & Miraculous

As Senator Blunt spoke the words, “commonplace and miraculous,” yesterday in his opening remarks for the presidential inauguration,  I was drawn to the birth of Christ and to His entire ministry and representations of God for us. I was reminded that we ought to be encouraged ( those of us who are commonplace who call on the name of Christ) for Jesus, time and time again, reaches from the commonplace and makes it miraculous. It made me consider how much striving for bigger and better and best we do creating…

Assuming Corpse Pose

Yoga is different than any other thing I have ever done.  It requires me to zero in on just the thing I am there to do- nothing else can distract. It starts by making us leave our worldly distractions at the door-phone, purse, everything else we brought in with us stays in the locker room, and we are only allowed to bring in what’s necessary for the class: our towel, mat, & water bottle. We even shed our shoes! Barefoot! One of my fave new things in life is to…

Not One Righteous…Know Thyself

Christ tried to prepare us for it with scriptures that warn us “Judge not, lest you be judged. It is one of the simplest directives in the Bible, yet one of the hardest to follow. Why? Because out of our personal wounds come our cry for justice. Our focus becomes retaliatory needing to relieve pressure on the heart and mind for having been wronged. This is brokenness exposed.  We can’t be confused; there is a biblical standard, and we as the church must address it when dealing with sin. I…

Big Deep Breaths

Big Deep Breaths I can’t remember life before I had to take them all the time. Trying to get to the top of a breath throughout the day is such an interruption in productivity. Something so innate and thoughtless becomes a necessary focus and all of a sudden priorities get pushed aside for breathing. I actually have to stop whatever I am doing and focus on trying to breathe. I hate it. But, it reminds me that I am not in control, and there are certain times in life when…

Not One Righteous…The Call to Remain

Why do we ever think that anyone is truly above reproach in all things? Ecclesiastes 7:20 says “Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” I have been amazed through the years as a principal of the parent who will claim that their child is not capable of lying or hitting or of dropping the “F” bomb in a heated moment. Not one righteous means… NOT ONE! We all have intense fears of being found out, of others knowing…

Grief: It’s Not for Lily Tappers

Sometimes it hits when I least expect it. I am fine. Then I am crying. Then I am fine again. No matter how long it lasts, I am ten times more tired when it is over than I was before it hit. I have learned to let it pass through me, lest it undo me. I don’t even apologize anymore. I just carry a kleenex in my hand. We went white water rafting in Colorado this summer for vacation. The guide was specific in his instructions telling and demonstrating exactly how…

The Capacity to Forgive…Choosing the God Peace In a Troubled Marriage

I believe we all have a different capacity for forgiveness. Maybe it is tied all the way back to our parents and how we watched them argue, solve conflict, make up, or move forward after a terrific event in which they clearly abused one another in some remarkable way. I don’t know really if I believe that is where it springs from, or if it comes from a natural inner temperament like being nice or overly generous would. Wherever it abides, it is a deep-seated willingness to “overlook a matter”…

TAKE A KNEE

  One of the things I love about being an educator is the role of instilling respect into the fabric of a child’s being. Not the Nanny McPhee approach of “Behave or beware,” though I do love that woman. But the “I love this teacher, this school, this mission so much that I am compelled to respond with honor and give my full allegiance”  kind of respect. I also love the result of having taught it well over the course of a child’s life and seeing it show up innately when…

It is Well With My Song

There are unexpected tragedies in life; they catch us by surprise and in an instant bring with them a death blow, leaving us wrecked! Recently our family experienced such a trauma and found ourselves reeling in disbelief and grief that we are still carrying daily.   Through the series of unfortunate events, we kept listening to our preprogrammed Christian radio stations each day on the way to work/school hoping to glean a little strength to make it through the end of the semester! I was struck by the ever relentless…