Posts from December 2020

Be With

“I hate life.” My 9-year-old daughter slumped on my lap, a tear meandering down her cheek. “Oh honey, I know. I’m so sorry,” I said, pulling her close. “I hate Zoom and remote learning and I hate it when Daddy gets us school lunch even though we’re not at school and I hate it that we’re not going to Grandma and Grandpa’s for Christmas. Also, I have a stomachache. And my eye hurts.” I almost launched into my Pollyanna speech…

Education Hour Winter 2021

Education Hour is from 10-11 a.m. each Sunday. Look for the Education Hour Spring 2021 page in April. There is NO Education Hour on Easter Sunday for any age group. Adults Beginning Sunday February 7, you may attend in person on the Lower Level. Zoom will also continue. Seats will be set up to be socially distant. Masks are required.  Starting March 14 (in person and via Zoom):  Pastor begins a class called Abraham.  Abraham was called a friend of…

Missing Mike

I wrote a devotion on this blog six years ago, and because the lectionary is on a three-year cycle, the Magnificat passage that I used for that piece is one of the Advent readings again this year. I wrote about my dear friend Mike, who blessed and vexed us with his irrepressible love and badgering for eight years. Mike died suddenly on March 23, 2020, and as I read Mary’s song in the book of Luke, I think of Mike…

Just Like a Day

When we were dating, my husband would occasionally quote these lines to me, from the movie “The Jerk.” The Steve Martin character says to his girlfriend: I know we’ve only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days. The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days. And the third day seemed like a week again and the fourth day seemed like eight…

Laid Bare

Over the course of these last several months, I have noticed a particular phrase used frequently in the media. It goes like this: “COVID has laid bare…” and then what usually comes next are words like healthcare inequality, socioeconomic divides, food insecurity, or the inaccessibility of technology. I find this phrase quite accurate in describing what the pandemic has done both broadly in society and personally in my own life. With so many children doing remote learning suddenly, we have…