Failing at Flossing… and Other Exercises in Humility

Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent There are very few degrees of shame that surpass a parent at the pediatric dentist office. Of course we brush twice a day, flossing on the other hand…. I know they need more help but some mornings we barely make it out of the house with both shoesContinue reading “Failing at Flossing… and Other Exercises in Humility”

Resisting Forgiveness

“I’m holding down the sand!” My daughter stamped down the shifting beach sand with all her might, trying to keep the waves from pulling it away. Her desperate attempts to contain the earth beneath her feet has become an image of my own desire for control. I struggle to analyze and understand, to force clarityContinue reading “Resisting Forgiveness”

Real or Fake?

“And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them.” Lk 24:14-15 “Zombies aren’t real. Neither are aliens.”“Well if that’s true then neither are leprechauns, the Easter Bunny, or Santa!”“What about the tooth fairy?!”“What is real?!?!” This heated exchange over what’s real and what’s “fake” continued forContinue reading “Real or Fake?”

Looking for a Reason: Irritating Sin

Wednesday of Holy Week “…and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.” Matthew 26:16 My 8-year-old woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. I caught him “flicking” his little sister twice before even finishing his breakfast. I didn’t pack the right snack for school. His temperContinue reading “Looking for a Reason: Irritating Sin”