Advent Reflections

“If we don’t encounter liminal space in our lives, we start idealizing normalcy.” – Richard Rohr I seem to be a person who needs routine - I’m old and I have lots of routines. And to me that defines normal. My life has recently been absolutely...

lim·i·nal /ˈlimənl/ adjective relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.   For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my...

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was...

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31) The summer right after you graduate and before you go to college...

Joyful Expectation is our theme for Advent at Good Shepherd this coming season. The phrase has an exciting ring to it. Perhaps it even brings back memories of our early childhood days – starting school, new friends, summers, Christmas gifts. Life was good! Time passed and...

But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob,  he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over...

Recently, my life has been filled with physical transition. The seminary schedule is one year of classes, a summer doing chaplaincy, another year of classes, a full year of interning with a congregation, then a final year of classes before entering into a draft and...

God’s loving presence and guidance in my life have been amazing moments of feeling connected to the Spirit and love of God. In October 2017, my husband Bill and I decided to go to Hawaii to celebrate 50 years of marriage. Our daughter was healing...

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge God, who will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 When I was denied admission to the music program after choosing the university because of its good reputation for...

At times in my life I have come to a point, a liminal area, where I have been uncertain of how to proceed. Liminal is derived from the Latin word limen, simply meaning a threshold. A threshold joins one area to another, i.e. an entrance,...

In my college days, the pastor of my church had graduate degrees in both Divinity and Engineering. I thought he was a real nerd. I went on to receive graduate degrees in both Divinity and Engineering. Therefore, I’ve spent much of my life studying and pondering...

I was so excited for this new chapter in my life – getting married, starting a new job, and moving to a new city.  My parents enjoyed 50+ years of marriage, and I was looking forward to the same, including the plan to have at...

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 Everything had changed in a moment.  It was three years ago and we were planning a big vacation to Vancouver Island, BC. We had been preparing for several months - now we would be going...

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” Ecclesiastes 3:11 I’ve experienced several liminal times in my life- times when I have noticeably shifted from...