personal, spiritual

In Memoriam: A Reflection on the Life of My Grandma

The reflection I delivered today at my grandmother's memorial service: I have been blessed beyond measure to have Ellen Rust as my grandma. From a very young age, I always knew that Grandma loved me and my family with an unwavering, godly kind of love. She would call me her “little angel” and leave lipstick… Continue reading In Memoriam: A Reflection on the Life of My Grandma

church, ministry, spiritual, theological

Sacrament at the Soul of Me

I grew up at a Baptist church receiving Communion seemingly whenever the senior pastor felt like offering it, which probably amounted to once a quarter. Ushers would pass heavy silver trays up and down the pews -- a tray of wafers followed by a tray of little, thimble-sized plastic cups of grape juice. It seemed… Continue reading Sacrament at the Soul of Me

personal, stories

A Daughter’s Ode to Fathers

I didn't really realize my father's role in my life until I was at least 22. (Sorry it took so long, Dad!) It was so everyday, so simple oftentimes, that I took it for granted. But, the everyday things matter because it's the everyday things that mean that, all tolled, I was and am cared… Continue reading A Daughter’s Ode to Fathers

ministry, spiritual, stories

On Grandpas and Books and the Ministry of Presents

A few weeks ago, I wrote here about visiting my maternal grandma in the hospital. In today's similarly-titled post, we get the story of visiting my paternal granddad at his home near Oklahoma City last weekend. (The significance of attending to the illness and aging of family alongside the joy and birth of the Christmas… Continue reading On Grandpas and Books and the Ministry of Presents

ministry, spiritual, stories

On Grandmas and Hospitals and the Ministry of Presence

I'm pretty sure my grandma is invincible. At 93 years old, she's broken bones, to be sure, and been sick an average amount. But she just keeps living -- the kind of living that just never gives up, laughs at the little things, prays about all the things.      But this Wednesday she was taken to… Continue reading On Grandmas and Hospitals and the Ministry of Presence