Upon occasion, we have the privilege and honor to sit with the dying, to accompany death as she visits and extinguishes the flame of life afore us.
While I’m grateful for my kids’ spiritual maturation, I long for the tactical faith-at-home rituals of their younger years.
It’s possible that I’m turning into my mom.
As the United States nears the 2022 midterms, I decided to create a new set of prayer stations to be used during this election season. These stations provide people with tangible ways to pray for our communities and leaders as we continue to navigate how to interact with each other in politically divided times.
I don’t know what to ask of God that will make all this better.
As a child, my understanding of Lutheran theology was informed at least as much by its distance from Roman Catholicism as it was by anything we did in worship itself.
There are seasons of parenting which also feel long and green, when the days and moments blend together in one continuous stream. During one such season for me, when I was a stay-at-home parent, I found help in a prayer practice made for ordinary days: the Ignatian Examen.
It’s 9 pm on a Tuesday evening, and my 9 and 11 year old boys have just finished their second full day of Camp Mama.
When we got home, he downloaded Minecraft on my iPad, and I don’t mind confessing that for the next three straight hours, I engaged in what can only be described as “Ignatian Meditation, Version 2022.”
When I was a little girl, the closet in my bedroom had a back door. You pushed through clothes, unlatched a hook, and behind the door was a dark tunnel: a slanted crawl space that ran the length of the house.