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Are we there yet?

When I was about seven or eight, and my family drove to visit relatives in Brooklyn or Long Island, or Pennsylvania, I would almost always ask my parents, “Are we there yet?” I had faulty and self-serving concepts about time and distance, and in my eagerness, thought that getting from point A to point...

From Scripture to Community

For several years now, we’ve been blessing our collection of food and personal care items before they’re delivered to The Green Apple (formerly the John Knox Food Pantry). It’s not magic, but something we do “in community” as we place our spiritual “stamp of approval” on what’s being sent, so that those who receive...

Christmas Decorating (with a dash of Jewish)

Joel and I have always decorated for the holidays. Things made years ago by our children, some heirloom ornaments he inherited (I inherited none), some of those vintage bubbler candles and tin and paper ornaments, and some things we bought together. But there were also some things I had kept from before my conversion...

Thanksgrieving

When my daughter was young, her mother and I made a conscious effort to name and model the widest range of emotions (energy-in-motion) that we could for her. Her mother and I often named how we ourselves were feeling when we spoke to each other. And we asked how the other person felt. We...

Dreams & Nightmares

Last November, I wrote about my hope that we would have 20/20 vision for and in the new year. That we’d be able to see in sharp focus what’s up close, and to discern what’s far away –– to perceive “the signs of the times” (as in Matthew 16:3). But few of us could...