In this special coffee shop staffed by 40 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 9:30 is a time when we are invited to experience the joy that seems to come so naturally to Trevor and to Matt and to Elizabeth.
A joy without masks, or pretense, or worry. Continue reading A Contagious Joy
The line is often long at Beau’s. Today it was spilling out the door onto the sidewalk. But I was happy to wait in it, blessed even. You see, while the coffee and pastries at Beau’s are terrific, that is not the draw for me. I dare say it’s not the draw for most of the folks in line with me. We’re all patiently and expectantly waiting to be received by the person behind the counter. Continue reading Is God Worth the Wait?
The ‘Mary’ in me decided that Jesus cares a whole lot more about my mental stability than whether the little deer on the mantle are grouped in the aesthetically correct numbers. Or if I ever do actually finish those thank you notes.
Nope. He cares more about your spirit and heart and how you use them to grow and to love on others — his people — maybe even people we don’t understand or agree with, or even like. Continue reading More Like Mary… and Joseph
Today’s Word: PEACE Today’s Time of Stillness: 10 minutes “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 This Second Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Peace. Sleep in heavenly peace. The Spiritual Practice of Stillness Stillness … Continue reading Peace
Decluttering our spirit this Christmas. Continue reading All I Want for Christmas is Rest
God doesn’t require any great acts of piety from us, or profound words, or clever stocking stuffers. God simply invites us to be. To be still. To be still and know that he is God. Because when we get that part right, that God is God and we are not, that is when we can truly rest. Continue reading Learning to be Still
Jesus probably doesn’t care about the dust bunnies under your sofa, but he does want to help the windows of your spirit to shine. Continue reading Holiday Cleaning
Sharing connects one life to another and multiplies joy. Continue reading Love in a Candy Cane
Mary allowed wonder to fill her spirit and open up possibilities for her life that she could not create on her own. Continue reading Embrace Wonder
Darkness calls out to our deepest fears with a taunting narrative that we are helpless or hopeless or alone. Fear says this darkness is our story. Faith lights a candle and says, “I beg to differ.” Continue reading Lighting Up the World
When we allow our eyes to adjust in the darkness instead of squeezing them tightly shut with fear, God’s promises become so much clearer. Continue reading Embracing the Darkness
If we truly want to understand why Jesus came, why he gave up everything to be present with us in human form, we have to look outside of ourselves, particularly through the eyes of those who, on the surface, can give nothing in return. Continue reading Looking Outside of Ourselves