How We Can Be Hope at Christmas

Once a week I compile the reflections I’ve offered on Facebook into one blogpost. Here are the thoughts from the past five days:   Sunday, December 10, 2017 Today’s post is about anxiety, and when I first wrote it I called it “What I Learned When I Tried to Stop Drinking So Much Wine.” I’ll give you a hint, I… Read more →

The Lord’s Prayer is Not for ME

Once a week I compile the reflections I’ve offered on Facebook into one blogpost. Here are the thoughts from the past five days:           Monday, November 6, 2017 I’m not a very visual person. I don’t take a lot of photographs. I often overlook visual details about the world around me (for instance, I missed it… Read more →

When Fear Becomes Gratitude

Once a week I compile the reflections I’ve offered on Facebook into one blogpost. Here are the thoughts from the past five days:           Tuesday, October 31, 2017 A few weeks ago, Penny and my mom had a conversation where Penny shut down. It happens every so often. We aren’t sure whether she gets overwhelmed by… Read more →

A Day in the Life with Down Syndrome

Once a week I compile the reflections I’ve offered on Facebook into one blogpost. Here are the thoughts from the past five days: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 “Anyone who has been raised in a Christian context has been taught that human beings are sinful. From every early on (in the Biblical story), we chose ourselves over God. We chose—and we… Read more →

Why I Dropped the Label Evangelical

Once a week I compile the reflections I’ve offered on Facebook into one blogpost. Here are the thoughts from the past five days:   Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Marilee slept late this morning. At 7:30, I rubbed her shoulder as she lay curled up under the covers on her side. When she opened her eyes, though, I could tell she… Read more →

Are You an Anxious Person?

Once a week I compile the reflections I’ve offered on Facebook into one blogpost. Here are the thoughts from the past five days: Friday, October 13, 2017 I’ve written a gazillion times about how my enduring concern for Penny is friendship. I now realize I’m praying for good friends for all our kids, and making and keeping good friends is… Read more →