Author: Dara Schuller-Hanson

Jesus first approached the outsider My friend’s mom is a labor and delivery nurse with 40 years of experience. She has seen a lot and when my friend and I were pregnant at the same time, she had much wisdom to share, which helped answer the...

There can be oneness in variety We listen to a lot of kid’s music at my house – Raffi is a favorite.  If you aren’t familiar with Raffi, he has recorded tons of children’s music that has stood the test of time – I listened to...

Nurturing Seeds There is a non-profit organization in Decorah, Iowa, where I went to college, that collects and catalogs seeds.  They are especially interested in unique varieties and seeds of plants or produce that was thought to be lost.  From the smallest herb seed to the...

My son, Griffin, is 2 years old and is in that stage of development where he is using more words to explain how he is feeling and what he wants (thank goodness!).  We have a couple books that he loves that name different feelings and each page has a picture of a young child about his age expressing how...

Blessed are Those I started tutoring at an elementary school in Verona this year.  And it has been such a good experience- getting to spend time with some great kids and to see firsthand the hard work of teachers and school staff- they work hard day...

Asking Honest Questions At a youth group retreat in high school, my pastor sat us down to talk about the Bible. This pastor was new to us, an interim who stayed for about a year until we called our permanent pastor. Unlike most pastors I knew...

A Crowd with a Question John the Baptist must have been a fire-y preacher in his crazy clothing, out in the desert- saying things that were controversial and hard to swallow calling people vipers and talking about unquenchable fire.  And crowds of people gathered around to...

The Good Shepherd Women’s Ministry would like to invite all women of the church and their friends, as well as middle and high school girls, to join us for an evening of dessert, candlelight and carols as we prepare our hearts and minds for the...

The Little Apocalypse This Sunday's Gospel reading from Mark (Mark 13:1-8) is called the Little Apocalypse.  Don’t let that scare you though.  The word apocalypse usually brings up images for us of death, destruction and catastrophe.  It’s true that Jesus describes earthquakes and war and famine,...

What does it look like to give without asking for anything in return? We might know people who can live this out, but it sure isn’t easy.  As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to live with generosity, humility, and faith.  But how often we...

From an Idea to a Mission In February, a woman asked about creating a quilting ministry here at Good Shepherd- with the idea that the quilts would go to Lutheran World Relief.  We had an initial meeting- gathering a group of about 15 or so- and...

When was the last time you had a meal that was about more than just eating food? Where were you and who were you with?  I can recall a few of these kinds of meals in my life- like the time my favorite college professor invited...

Losing Heart I have always loved a good nap.  I never thought much about it until a couple years ago when naps didn’t seem to cure my daily over-tiredness.  I finally went to see my doctor and ended up at a sleep clinic for a variety...