it seemed to me a wearisome task...

Such are the wicked;
always at ease, they increase in riches. All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all day long I have been plagued, and am punished every morning.
If I had said, "I will talk on in this way," I would have been untrue to the circle  of your children. But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end.
Psalm 73: 12-17 New Revised Standard Version
Ah yes, so easy to be the victim when we look around and see how others are gaining traction and recognition in the world. I get the writer of this psalm! Too often I think we as humans look at what others are doing, see their maliciousness, but fail to see our own contribution to the "ills" of the world. We look on and all we can say is "woe is me!" 
Jesus rarely sugarcoats anything. In Matthew 7:5, Jesus tells those who have gathered to hear his sermon on the mount, "You hypoc…

May all kings bow down before him

Psalm 72: 11-14 (The Inclusive Psalms)
All other rulers will pay homage,
and all the nations will serve your anointed.
Your anointed will rescue the poor when they cry out,
and the oppressed when there is no one to help them.
Your chose one
will take pity on the lowly and the poor,
and will save their lives.
Your chosen one
will rescue them all from violence and oppression,
and will treat their blood as precious.*

By all accounts Americans are looking for a savior, someone to rescue us from the darkness we seem to be drowning in. I wonder if our savior comes in the form of a president... or from a hotly contended senator race in the state of Alabama. I wonder how long we will look to other humans for salvation. History has proven time and again that our hope cannot reside on the shoulders of a mere mortal. What or who then will save us from this time of turmoil?

Psalm 72 gives us a glimpse of who - a king, or a sovereign who lifts up the poor (I'm not a fan of the word pity that t…

Commemorating Heros?

Today is the two hundred twenty-sixth day of 2017. I've seen posts today that are trying to illuminate what "really" happened in Charlottesville. I wasn't there, most of weren't, so really I cannot go off anything other than the select images we have received from the media. However, the article I've seen talks about how this event was partisan.
Partisan? No. Political? Yes, but not in a sense that it related to party politics - in the sense that it relates to power of one human being or groups of human beings over human beings. Whenever one group is set above another for its benefit is always political.
The article also goes on to say that the real problem is that the "left" is seeking to erase history. While I don't know what is intended for the statue of General Robert E. Lee, I don't believe that the decision for its removal is intended to erase history.
In my opinion, the statue and other statues of Confederate heroes should be relegate…

The Qualities that Build Enduring Love

This is perhaps my final GPS insight blog entry for Church of the Resurrection. At least while I'm at Woods Chapel UMC in Lee's Summit, MO.
This August, my husband and I will celebrate five years of marriage. When we “tied the knot,” we were both in our thirties and had spent a significant amount of time alone developing habits that worked for our individual lives. Sharing and collaborating define the past five years of our lives together. We love each other immensely, but sometimes that love is tested when our individuality asserts itself. Our conversations, as well as our disagreements, are passionate because we both know that our tastes, opinions, and routines are correct. For example, I know that creamy peanut butter is far superior to crunchy. However, my husband believes the opposite. In fact, he claims that extra-crunchy is the only way. I make grocery lists, and he just goes to the grocery store. Of course, I know that I am correct in all things because right now we have…

Keeping Our Paths Pure

I was invited to write another insight for Church of the Resurrection's GPS Guide (Grow/Pray/Study). Here it is in all its glory! 

In my late teens and early twenties, I believed that Christianity was judgmental and restrictive. I felt that it was not relevant to what it means to be a young adult. For me, a life in Christ meant that I would have to relinquish a fun life. When I pierced my eyebrow at nineteen years old, I walked boldly into my grandparents' church to see what kind of reaction I would receive. It was mixed, but my focus landed on those who wanted to judge. On top of that I took a logic class in college, and I decided logically that God did not exist. From that point I decided to officially leave the church to live the life I wanted, according to my rules.

At first life was great! It was fun and exciting! However, fun, without boundaries or accountability to another, can become more restrictive than the negative glances I would experience at my g…

Building God's Temple

Recently I submitted a devotion for one of the Church of the Resurrection staff members.
The passage I was working with was 1 Peter 2:5-10
I have been invited to provide another "insight" next month.


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When I was younger my grandpa would frequently tell me that my body is God’s temple, that I should treat it with respect--and that I should not get tattoos! I always found his advice odd, because on his right arm he has a prominent tattoo he acquired during World War II while on leave at Coney Island. My response to him was always the same: “We should decorate God’s temple then, shouldn’t we?” (Yes, I was that sassy teenager!) My retort, of course, was for him never an appropriate reason to even think about tattoos. However, over the years my grandpa has gained a new appreciation for how elaborate and beautiful some tattoos are. So long as we’re alive, we’re growing somehow!

While t…

Commissioning Questions: What is the Meaning of Ordination?

At the heart of ordination is the response to God’s call on an individual's life. It is rooted and is a continuation of the gift of the sacrament of baptism. God’s grace is not limited to entering into our lives through the sacrament of baptism, but it is the human response to God’s initiation and incorporation into the Body of Christ. Each individual is therefore responsible for responding to the gift of baptism by participating in the life of the Church through their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Like baptism, ordination is a gift from God and the human response to God’s gift of baptism. Ordination is the outward affirmation affirmation of an individual’s inward commitment to serving God within the context of a local church or an agreed upon extension ministry setting. Ordained elders are those who have been called and have responded to the role of servant leadership and who have been affirmed and been given authority by the church to preach the Word of G…