Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

U2 kept my soul tender: Reflections on the profound influence of the world’s most famous band

U2 in concert.

When Jon and I went to the U2 concert in late June, I merely expected to have an excellent time rocking out. I didn’t expect that it would spark a full summer of serious reflection on the way my soul has been formed by listening to U2 over the past three decades. Continue Reading →

For the Sake of My Sisters

Lucy and Rosie at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

With two daughters and a lifetime of experience as a female, I have a few things to lament about the way our world treats the ladies. Continue Reading →

It Won’t Be Taken Away — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 12

Psalm 103

Mary gets to keep her choice, and we do too. Continue Reading →

Comparing the Sisters — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 11

Black and white mugs.

Let’s talk about the dreamer and the worker — if that is an accurate description. Continue Reading →

It’s Counter-Cultural — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 10

Homemade cranberry sauce.

Mary, you’re making Martha uncomfortable. Continue Reading →

What Is the One Thing? — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 9

A glass of water.

There is just one thing? Continue Reading →

What About the Work? — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 8

Sponge and dishtowel.

These floors aren’t going to wash themselves, y’know. Continue Reading →

I Need Help — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 7

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Martha is having some difficulty with her meal preparation and could use some help. Anyone? Continue Reading →

Does Anyone Care? — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 6

Whisk broom and dust pan.

Martha, are you the only one who really cares about what’s on the menu for dinner? It’s possible… Continue Reading →

Talk to Each Other — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 5

Ready to set the table.

Martha and Mary, don’t you think you might need to sit down and hash a few things out? Continue Reading →

Thank You, Mary — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 4

A cup of tea.

Mary made it possible for Jesus to say some very radical things — and I am grateful. Continue Reading →

What Is She Doing in There? — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 3

Chopping rosemary.

Martha and I are distracted by our many tasks. But are the tasks all that important? Continue Reading →

Did She Know? — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 2

A ladle.

“Martha, Martha, where are you? Are you in the kitchen? What are you doing in there? Don’t you know that we’re all out here?” Continue Reading →

The Conversation — Visiting with Mary and Martha, part 1

Luke 10.38-42 manuscript.

For the past few years, I’ve been ruminating on the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10 — a relevant passage for this period in my life. Lately I’ve been putting some of these ideas on paper (or, more accurately, screen), but I see that my musings are making for much more than just one post. I am constantly encountering the ideas in this passage as I make decisions about work, parenting, rest, and daily chores, all while I seek to live in the present moment and listen to God. So let me offer here the first in a series of twelve posts about the marriage of work and worship with Jesus. Continue Reading →

Finding rest in everyday chores (and a watermelon salad recipe)

This past Sunday, I gave a short reflection at our church about the ways I find spiritual rest in everyday chores…and I made a watermelon salad at the same time. It was fun and I succeeded in not slicing my finger while talking to my church family. Continue Reading →