Music as a Pastoral Care Tool
There is tremendous power in listening to the “old” music that provides the soundtrack to your life. Those “old” pieces can ignite new opportunities for conversation and connection. The question is: Can we use the power of that music to assist with pastoral care? Pastors and lay visitors struggle to provide support and spiritual care for their members who living...
The Light of the World
I am the light of the world! You people come and follow me! If you follow and love, you’ll learn the mystery of what you were meant to do and be.
- When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone,
When the sages and the shepherds have found their way...
The Candles of Christmas
Merry Christmas! I offer words from Howard Thurman
as a gift for you this day. Words written almost half a century ago. Yet they are helpful for us as we live in this liminal time between ending one year and anticipating the next. In case your path has not yet crossed his, Thurman was born in segregated Florida in...
Advent Series — Love
Little did I know how difficult it would be to have children. After years of trying, my husband and I sought a fertility specialist who helped us finally get pregnant. The sheer joy we felt when we welcomed our son Jake into the world! And again, with help from a fertility specialist and many prayers, we welcomed Samuel and...
Advent Series — Peace
Got Peace? What Brings Older Adults Peace — A Conversation
Peace. Throughout the Advent season, as our journey brings us closer to Christmas Eve, many Christian churches light a candle each week to represent a stepping stone along the path. The second candle in the Advent wreath represents “peace.” Thus, in the second of our four-part Advent series on aging,...
Advent Series — Hope
First Sunday in Advent
Every year as Advent creeps up on me — how, exactly, is it the last of November already — and my heart turns to contradictory reflections. The first Sunday in Advent signifies hope. The hope for the new creation in God’s love. The hoped-for coming of a savior for all. Christmas! The month ahead is filled...
The Sacred Ground of Hospitality
The Wyandotte Nation 2019 Gathering
I recently attended a unique, historic event in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, home to our Fairhaven Community since 1920. A United Methodist Church there has held in trust sacred land and burial grounds for the Wyandotte Nation
since the 1840s. A local congregation, John Stewart UMC
, named for the Methodist missionary who first worked...
Thanksgiving: Shining Light and Gratitude on Communities Who Care for Their Older Adults
Love Thy Neighbor: A True Story
There once was an older adult who lived alone. He was not married and never had any children. His extended family did not live close by him. He was independent and managed his life well. One day, the man suffered an injury that changed his life for several weeks. He was unable to cook...
Restoration of Naomi
This week, we continue the theme of “Mothers and Fathers of Faith." This person is a woman of great vision, strategy and courage. The biblical book is named to honor her daughter-in-law, Ruth. But Naomi
is the change agent that propels Ruth’s life for generations to come.
Foreigners in a New Land
The famine in Judah was the reason...
Everyday SaintsThis is part two of a four-part series of stories of people who have shined their light as a beacon in service to others.
When we celebrate All Saints’ Day
, we remember those who died as witnesses to the Christian faith. A saint is a person acknowledged as holy or virtuous. The informal definition of “saint” is a...