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Well-ness Words:  Mind, Body & Soul

February is known to be the month of love.  While Christmas decorations are still up and 75% off, retail store shelves are packed with hearts of all shapes and sizes and heart-shaped boxes containing a variety of chocolates and candy.  Although a box of chocolates does not represent the love in one’s heart, the receiver…

Well-ness Words:  Mind, Body & Soul

The Simeon-Anna Model: A New Year’s Resolution Scripture reading from the Gospel of Luke 2:25-32; 36-38 In the passage from the Gospel of Luke, the third book in the New Testament, we know of a man named Simeon. Scripture says Simeon was a righteous and devout man, filled with the Holy Spirit. But Simeon had…

Well-ness Words:  Mind, Body & Soul

A migrant pregnant family journeyed to Bethlehem for census purposes and was denied a room to spend the night, only to find rest in a stable with animals and their aroma.  The unborn holy child knows rejection since and learns as he grows what it is to be chased out of every town he sets…

Well-ness Words: Mind, Body & Soul

Observe the image for a moment.  What do you see? At first glance, it may look like a dead leaf on a hummingbird feeder.  At least, that is what I thought it was when my husband Kevin called it to my attention.  I took a closer look and realized that “whatever that was” was alive. …

Well-ness Words: Mind, Body & Soul

 “Fall for Jesus. He never leaves.” Autumn, also known as fall, is my favorite season for the changes in the color of the leaves; the fresh, crisp air and apple cider (hot or cold) is my preferred beverage during this time.  Contemplative photography is one of my favorite spiritual practices.  Capturing images I can later…

Well-ness Words: Mind, Body & Soul

Someone asked what the letters CSD stand for after my name. CSD is the acronym for Certified Spiritual Director. And what is a Spiritual Director, you may ask? A spiritual director is not a mentor, counselor, coach, psychologist, pastoral counselor, or teacher. A spiritual director is someone who journeys with you in your spiritual journey…

Well-ness Words: Mind, Body & Soul

Gratitude “Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 106:7) “Good morning, Harold! How are you?”  “Thankful!” he would reply, all cheery-eyed, no matter the circumstance. Harold was a long-time member of the church he loved, my previous appointment, and had served in…

THANK YOU …

It needs to be said and it does not feel like nearly enough. But I thank you all for: The astonishing openness and attention of your hearts to preaching, worship, the world around you, the leading of God, and each other. Giving me the astonishing privilege of standing with you through the joys and heartaches…

I FIGURED IT OUT…

June of 1982 a brand new seminary graduate and full time pastor moved into the parsonage of Dunellen United Methodist Church.  He spent a day or so setting up the books, notebooks, files, and Smith-Corona electric typewriter by his desk. The next day I went into the office (I actually wore a jacket and tie.)…