Gratitude

Have you ever made a gratitude list? I have an ongoing gratitude list in the back of one of my journals. I was inspired to start this list after reading the book “One Thousand Gifts” […]

Below the Waterline

It is what is below the surface that sinks the ship. An iceberg can represent our leadership.  The 10% above the water is our skill.  The 90% below the water is our character.  It is […]

Living in the Pain of the Gap

Awhile back, in a message, Brian spoke about “living in the pain of the gap”.  This referred to the Kingdom of God where we live in the “already and the not yet”.  God’s Kingdom is […]

Joy

This morning I was thinking about joy. The joy of a new day, a new sunrise. The joy of a kind word and a smile  on a hard day from a stranger. The joy my […]

Love your Neighbor as Yourself

Philipians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.  NIV One of the things I love about Jesus is His humility and love of all people—to […]

If These Walls Could Talk…

I remember when the walls of VCNP were being built and going up. If we could hear what the walls were “saying,” I think it would be about being part of something of eternal significance—it […]

Mourning and Dancing

“We tend to stay away from Mourning and dancing.  Too afraid to cry, too shy to dance…While we live in a world subject to the evil one, we belong to God.  Let us mourn, and […]

A Wonderful Prayer

I wanted to share a prayer of Ignatius of Loyola for this blog. There are significant theological depths in this prayer which are worth reflecting on. Meditating on this prayer reminds me that all I […]

Words of Hope

As 2020 is winding down, I wanted to share some words of St. Francis of Assisi.  I think they are especially powerful for Christians right now.  Our country feels  more divided and we all need […]

Just Go

I teach aerobics at a local Jazzercise center. One of our favorite sayings is, “The hardest part of the workout is walking through our doors.” Because once you’ve made it through the door, it means […]