Perfection, Not Progress?

I’ve been hearing a word being thrown around a lot lately and it’s also been used towards me (in the vein of me needing to let go of it) so I’ve given this a bit of thought. The word is perfectionism.  Here are some of my unpolished thoughts: 1. You’re probably not a perfectionist and […]

You Raise Me Up

Last weekend, I went to a really sweet wedding of two people who have been through a lot in life.  The groom is a widower with several children and multiple grandchildren. The bride had been single all her life and as a 50-something year old, had pretty much given up the hope of being married. […]

Just Another Day

My heart is so full tonight.  And in more ways than one. We had a very special and memorable Good Friday service at New Life Fellowship tonight; two, actually – at 5pm then again at 7pm.  The services were in the Tenebrae style and, I must say, I’ve never experienced anything like that before.  I was in the […]

Keeping Track

This season leading up to Good Friday and Easter is quite significant for me.  I assume most everyone reading this is familiar with the season but for those who aren’t, these few weeks represent a time of reflection and remembering, specifically of Jesus and his last days on earth in flesh and blood. The season […]

28, 30 and Sandy… Hook

Today, for some reason, life seems much more complicated than I ever thought it was.  I know I’m supposed to enjoy the simplicities of life.  In fact, I remember really connecting with Henry David Thoreau’s famous words, “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” in high school.  I’ve tried to live by those words as much as possible but […]

Bearing Witness

In the context of a compassionate embrace, our brokenness may appear beautiful, but our brokenness has no other beauty but the beauty that comes from the compassion that surrounds it. – Henri Nouwen ———————– The other night, Steve and I stayed in and we were casually flipping through channels, hoping to find something good to watch. […]

Revenge, Revenge

I’m the failure, I’m everyone’s fool.  And I’m losing my cool in the end. I’m the loser, my numbers come up. I’ve been hung up on thoughts of revenge, revenge, revenge.  – Jon Foreman, “Revenge” —————— I’ve become increasingly irritable lately.  Maybe it’s the extraordinarily hot summer that we’ve had, which has inevitably led to […]

Winter Blues

“A lot of people think the blues is depressing but that’s not the blues I’m singing. When I’m singing blues, I’m singing life.” ~Etta James I am very much affected by the weather. When it’s gloomy outside, I just wanna stay in bed all day and sip on coffee and watch a movie or curl […]

Equality, Sankofa and My Journey

Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.  But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.  —Amos 5:23-24 (ESV) In 1989 my family and I stepped foot in Los Angeles, California and my encounter with racism began quite abruptly. […]