cultural issues, mental health & wellness, ministry, Scripture, spiritual, stories, theological

Some Words on Wordlessness: A Sermon

A sermon offered in Preaching class last week... “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit… Continue reading Some Words on Wordlessness: A Sermon

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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, mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual

Good Grief, Friday

Yesterday, along with another young woman interning at my church, I carried a seven-foot-tall, thick wooden cross (literally an "old rugged cross") down the aisle of the sanctuary. Today, I have a scrape on the palm of my right hand to show for it. I wash my hands, and the scrape stings just a little.… Continue reading Good Grief, Friday

arts & creativity, mental health & wellness

the necessity of Sadness

Like many movie-goers, I recently spent 94 minutes of my Fourth of July weekend watching Inside Out, the story of 11-year-old Riley's move from small-town Minnesota to San Francisco -- as told by her emotions. The narrator and primary protagonist is Joy, who introduces viewers to Disgust, Fear, Anger, and my favorite -- Sadness. In… Continue reading the necessity of Sadness