The Insiders

Although shepherding was considered an honorable profession in ancient Israel, that view had changed drastically by Christ's time. Once nomads who herded their flocks from place to place, they soon forgot themselves as they settled into a comfortable life in Egypt. Egyptians were farmers; with shepherds came herds of sheep and goats that munched on… Continue reading The Insiders

A Hallmark Gospel

 When I was a little girl, I loved looking through our Christmas cards every day. They piled up on the dining room table until they reached critical mass, and then dad would string them on either side of the archway between the living room and dining room. The Jesus cards were the best. I liked… Continue reading A Hallmark Gospel


Years ago, my husband and I lived in an urban community alongside some of the poorest and most marginalized people in this country. We were working with the Salvation Army, so December was always our busiest month.  After six weeks of manning the red kettles, delivering food and toys, Christmas caroling in city streets and… Continue reading Unforgettable

Child for Life

Before I spill my morning musings, I want to direct you to a couple of friends. Robin Hagen over at Ordinary Holy has posted this rich reflection on John the Baptist's stark remark regarding Jesus: He must increase, but I must decrease. I've read it and will probably re-read it a few times because there is so much… Continue reading Child for Life


Today a few words from Dietrich Bonhoeffer set me on a contemplative path; I'm thinking about silence. Not the silence that equals no sound, but that interior silence where we can hear ourselves think and discern the still, small voice of God whispering in the depths of our heart. As determined as I was to… Continue reading Silence

The Kingdom

For several days, I have been chewing on a passage from Richar Rohr's book Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent about my favorite topic, the kingdom of God. His words pierce and convict, so there is no need to add my own paler reflections, except to say this - the kingdom of God was the central… Continue reading The Kingdom

Waiting in the Dark

I learned about the power of darkness on a family trip to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky many years ago. After what seems a long descent into the earth's bowels, albeit hemmed in by guardrails and safely lit, we reach an enormous cavern. The air is cold; the view is stunning until the park… Continue reading Waiting in the Dark