Journal

An FUM blog for writing on the life of faith.

Simplicity & Generosity

The notion that all our resources belong to God is integral to the message of simplicity. Where Roger excelled—and helped me find that missing and liberating element within simplicity—was in generosity. Roger loved to give, and he did so with a spirit of joy and gratitude for being able to partner in God’s work in the world.

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Gifted with Happiness

To be honest with you, I still hesitate to talk about my gift of happiness. Some voice is whispering in my ear that to be happy means I'm not carrying my fair share of the load . . .

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A short reflection on ministering as a young mother

If I had seen women in ministerial leadership, would it have taken me so long to realize that I could be a leader, too?

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Be that Swell

A good director, when the choir is lost, offers a metaphor—a way for the singers to imagine themselves in the song again. It’s a bodily metaphor, because singing is a bodily function and there’s no un-embodied way to do it. And, perhaps, there’s no un-embodied way to gather in worship together. In our silent time, together we wait: a quiet choir waiting for a cue from an unseen director.

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The Proposal of Hope

A couple weeks ago, it looked like Oscar Mmbali might be forced to leave Belize. 

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The WIC office on my 29th birthday

I sat in the parking lot of Aldi reciting my name, contact information, and household income to the woman on the phone. Two impatient, squirmy boys sat strapped in car seats in the back of my small sedan as I tried to keep my voice steady. “Umm…when is your next available appointment? April 26? Yes, that’s fine.”

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