After school today, I took my daughter Bella to Pinkberry. It is one of our favorite places, and one of our favorite things to do together. Today, however, I had an agenda. I had to explain to my daughter that in one month’s time, she would be having yet ANOTHER surgery. One, which would require her to be in two full leg casts for at least a month. Over summer vacation. Instead of swimming lessons, a camping trip, day camp, and a week of vacation. Even under normal circumstances, no […]
“Thank me in the midst of the crucible.” This was the first line of the devotional I read this morning. Well, let’s be honest. It is actually the first line from yesterday’s devotional that I go to today. So, in the spirit of honesty and authenticity, I am here to say I have been feeling pretty pissed. I am an activist. And as such, one of the first and most recurrent lessons I have had to learn is that fairness and justice are NOT synonyms. That is […]
This past weekend, I had the extreme pleasure of going on a silent retreat. About the time I left for college, my mom started a non-profit for women called Women at the Well. One of the many gifts WATW gave to women was the offering of silent retreats – a time for women to get away from the chaos of life and spend some uninterrupted time JUST BEING. So, because of the example I had through my mom, I have come to highly value these silent retreats. For […]
“Information is not knowledge. And knowledge is not wisdom.” My mom said these words today over Easter brunch. No, they did not originate from her, in fact, most of our thoughts and words are a culmination of what we have seen, heard, or read, are they not? The words were in response to a conversation we were having about the dissemination of information these days. Actually, the conversation started with us reminiscing about days gone by when stores were shut down from Good Friday until Easter, and how much we missed that. And then we laughed at ourselves for even having such a conversation that echoed those of our ancestors. And then, I felt quite unsettled (and ancient) that I was participating in such a conversation at all. The conversation soon meandered to our observations of the polarization that is happening among us all. We shared stories we had heard about different groups of people that had been treated unfairly worldwide, or had been marginalized lately in the news – the LGBT community, the Muslim community, the Christian community. We talked about the unfairness of that. We also talked about the irony of it all – wondering why it is that we so often hear about one group who has experienced marginalization not being able to extend grace to another group. Have you noticed this? Does it concern you at all? It concerns me. It concerns me quite a bit, […]
This image flooded social media yesterday. And with it, came a wave of, for the most part, opinion. It was pretty discouraging to watch unfold, and quite honestly, especially among Christians. So many terms were thrown out there: moral relativity, authority of scripture, mainstream, countercultural, moral absolutism, liberal, conservative, sellout, and then there have been a whole slew of hateful terms. Here is where my mind goes:: What does God care about? I am not talking about what we were raised to believe. I am not talking about that which has formed our values and perspectives based on the color of our skin, where we live, our gender, our education. I mean, the God of ALL NATIONS…what does HE care about? I’ll be honest, I can’t comment with integrity as to how He feels about the Marriage Equality Act as it goes before Senate in this country. He did not make any reference to it in the Bible, to my knowledge. I do know that there are over 2000 references to justice in the Bible. So, I think it is pretty theologically safe to assume that He cares about justice for His sons and daughters. I am not going to debate these issues. I refuse to get sucked into the pissing contest. I will say this. To ALL of my brothers and sisters for whom equality and justice have not been swift in coming, my heart and prayers are with you. […]
A couple of weeks ago, I invited a group to join me to see Girl Rising. It was mostly women who joined me, but I must say – it made an impact on me to see two gentleman (and that is what they are – gentleman – those men who care about the plight of women the world over) join us for the event. This film tells the stories of nine girls from nine different countries. Each girls’ story is narrated by an actress, and each girl’s story was written […]
One of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou says this:: A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself. I have been thinking about this quote a lot lately, along with the Rumi quote that serves as a theme for this blog. I want to be a woman of raindrops and rivers, without pretense, whose voice carries like the rain, not the thunder. This blog is my space, my place to let my voice flow. May I simply pour out what God pours in.