Weekend Reflection: Look Up

Little Ones Always Look Up. Daphne Kate. December, 2013. Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26 (NASB) It’s the weekend. […]

When We Went Down to the River to Pray, Part Two: With a Babe on her Hip

Christopher Williams and his Djembe. Video by Sandra Heska King.  [This post is the second in a series of reflections from the retreat I attended in November with The High Calling folks. You can find the first installment here.] At Laity Lodge, the musicians in residence aren’t there to entertain.  They are there to engage. In […]

Comfort, Baked: How a Casserole Becomes Famous

It Started at Shipmates When I was a small child, my family worshiped at First Congregational UCC in San Bernardino. Our parents belonged to Shipmates, a couples’ fellowship. Many of my most enduring memories of that congregation stem from Shipmates-instigated activities. Notable among these events were Pal Week (a secret-friend type weeklong adventure that must remain […]

Esmeralda, and How She May Save (Or Wreck) My Marriage

  What’s A Tool Worth?  I get perverse pleasure from arguing with the GPS system that’s built right in to our new car. Maybe I need a support group. Or an intervention. I really don’t know. Here’s the thing. When Esmeralda and I argue (yes, I’ve named her. Is that weird?), eventually, I get my way. Sure, […]


Barefoot. Tahaa, French Polynesia, 2004. Bare Feet and Holy HomesWhen I lived on Tahaa, I quickly learned to count the pile of sandals on a doorstep to determine how many people shared the home. My sister there wore dainty little red flip-flops. I knew I was settling in the day I caught myself turning back […]