My Doxology of Praise

The world’s a bleeding mess, God. It’s time to raise praise anyway. For faith, family and friends, always at the top of my list. But for other things too. In these days of tremendous trouble everywhere, thank you for good and bad news. One reminds me to pray, the other …

Got Gifts? Share Them

At 9:14 a.m., one blizzardly weekend last spring, I picked up my home office telephone and dialed long-distance. Someone picked up. “You’re on, Kathleen.” “Good morning, fellow scribes! I never thought we’d be meeting like this!” For the next forty-five minutes, I delivered the most awkward keynote address I’ve ever …

Influential, Thinking Christians?

I read a media list of 25 Influential Atheists recently. They were all well-educated, and, in some circles, highly respected. The list inspired a search for a similar list of 25 Influential Christians. Nothing. 25 Prominent Thinking Christians? Zip. 25 Christians? Nada.  (Kidding.) I did find an early 2000’s TIMES …

Grab the Holy String

God has gifted us all with seven days per week. Like beads, he strings them together with a sturdy thread of words—read, spoken, even written. The pattern of my beads is simple: I spend three days a week in a small house, in a small town, doing ordinary, necessary things; …

Never Forget Your Vows

“Mom, come over here. I brought something for you.” I dawdled over to my daughter. “Hold out your hand,” she said thrusting a tightly closed fist toward me. “Uh…does it wiggle?”  I asked, remembering other tightly-closed-fist-presents, including those that buzzed and unwound and chased my poise clean away. “Just hold …

Pop Goes the Nana!

“I’m not having a heart attack,” I said. But no one listened. Things move fast when you show up at emergency complaining of chest pain and trouble breathing. So many people checked me out, poking and slapping wires and sticky pads all over the place, that I felt like a …

Against a wall? Keep Hope

The Preacher and I raised our two children in parsonages provided by God and the churches we served. We called each house home and filled them all with love, delight, chaos and havoc. (Of the best kind, usually. I’ll save the day I almost set fire to one for another …