Relationships and Rituals


I am just beginning to explore blogging and how I can document the meaningful spaces and places in my life. Please be patient while I play with these new tools!

I hope to introduce you to my God, my world, my family, my various contexts, and the things I find meaningful within each of these spaces.

son Jackson – Me – husband Brett

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

Jesus (John 14:27 NRSV)

Blog posts

Pandemic reflection

I am angry.. So angry.  And sad.  My heart breaks for the world.  Healthcare workers are trying so hard to care for patients who are sick and struggling with difficulties that are unfortunate but everyday occurrences (broken bones, cancer, mental health, etc.)  Then, a pandemic hits and the world has a choice to make.  EconomyContinue reading “Pandemic reflection”


written for TVprays.org daily devotion, May 4, 2020 Exodus 20:8-11 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant,Continue reading “Sabbath”

Holy Week and Easter

A reflection previously published for tvprays.org on 4/7/20: Continuing the reflection through Easter: Holy Week is a time in the church year where we bring ourselves closer tothe cross. There are many rituals associated with this day in the life of thechurch. We begin on Palm Sunday with palm branches, waving the branches aboveour headsContinue reading “Holy Week and Easter”

No Separation

reposted from tvprays.org (3/31/20) devotion Romans 8:3-39 31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge againstContinue reading “No Separation”


Ordination may mean different things within different settings and it might even mean different things for different people in similar settings. As a part of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), I began the process to become an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in 2014. This is an ongoing process of discernment, study,Continue reading “Ordination”

Digital Practices

I am reflecting on one of the first metaphors used in my Luther Seminary class (Proactive Ministry in Media Culture with Mary Hess) to tell a digital story. Like a diet, I am convinced that media is extremely useful in moderation.  Media should not, and cannot, replace in-person communication. And, media can be useful toContinue reading “Digital Practices”

Psalm 8 imagined

I created this clip as a project using Animoto. This is an attempt to retell Psalm 8 with new images and sound that might evoke new meaning. It might surprise you! Maybe this will be a new ritual to illustrate Scripture periodically. I has helped me to re-imagine meaning and purpose of this text.

New Daily Ritual

Since our son Jackson left home to go to college, it is my job to walk our dog, Smokey, each day. Smokey has a routine of walking in the mornings before school and in the evenings before bed. As I encouraged myself that it would be good for me, too, I quickly tried to findContinue reading “New Daily Ritual”

My First Blog Post

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde. This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

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