I began this project, in December 2019, with the idea of sharing bits of wisdom gleaned in walking with Jesus through most of these past 60 years. I hoped my readers would find my words to be insightful, amusing at times and possibly a gentle invitation to look to their own experiences to see God’s fingerprints.

Then, well…2020.

Rather than a walk down memory lane, there is plenty in the present moment that stirs my soul to write. I have been challenged to look deeper into my own theology, to face my responsibilities as a representative of Christ and as a human on this planet.  I have been encouraged to dig deeper into the concepts of faith, hope and love (even applying them toward myself, wonder of all wonders!)  Jesus’ encouragement to use my voice is complemented by a conviction that to remain silent at this point in history is to be complicit with an enemy who uses divisiveness and fear to drown out God’s call to love.

Anyone who has met me knows I am not a confrontational person. If empathy is my super-power, conflict is my kryptonite.  In this election year, the emotional toxicity has been overwhelming.  My prayer is that my words contribute toward reconciliation, not division.  We have seen the fruitlessness of people shouting at one another. My hope is that we can instead begin to listen to each other, to work together to find solutions.

Our politicians cannot solve our problems.  We can.

One step at a time. Praying and listening to God’s guidance. Ever-mindful that each of us bears the image of God, each of us is sacred ground.   We are each beloved by our Creator. Together, let’s apologize, confess and repent when necessary.  Let’s mourn together all we’ve lost and give each other the space to heal. Let’s put aside the anger and accusations. Let’s receive the love that casts out fear.  Together, we can do this.

If you choose to read my blog (still a work in progress; I’ll figure out these technical things eventually), you will no doubt find plenty to criticize. I am one voice. I share one lifetime of experiences and lessons learned. You don’t have to agree with my conclusions.  In fact, if you disagree, feel free to describe how you arrived at your own conclusions.  You are welcome to comment respectfully on the blog posts,. If you’d prefer to have the conversations privately, please send me an email. My intention is to learn from one another. 

God bless your reading.  It is my prayer that whatever is from Jesus will stand, and whatever isn’t will not be a hindrance to you.

Thanks for your time.