As I (like many others here in South Carolina) welcome  February with the flu, I have had lots of time to reflect on the beginning of 2018. January was a busy month. l experienced rest in the new perspective of unfamiliar places. I spent a lot of time on the roads between Virginia, North Carolina, South […]

So Be It

In the heat of a South Carolina August, I arrived at my new home with too many boxes of clothes and hopeful aspirations for the year ahead. I felt like someone had turned me inside out, jittery from iced coffee, nervousness, and excitement. That night, as I snuggled into a new bed in a new […]

Dear 2018

Dear 2018, I don’t really know what to expect of you. I mean, I guess we never do with a new year, but I am especially unsure about you. 2017 was a big year for me. It was the year I had counted down to, been excited for, and been a little bit afraid of […]

The Promises of Christmas

This Advent season, a pattern in the events leading up to Jesus’ birth has caught my attention: God likes to make promises to His people. Between the accounts of Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 alone, we see God make big promises beyond comprehension to Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, […]

Lying in a Manger

Christmas music is playing, Starbucks red cups are here, and lights are twinkling. Today, though, we are reminded of the ordinary, quiet night that Christ entered into our world of unrest. This Sunday, with only twenty-two days until Christmas, Advent begins. Advent ushers in the coming Christmas Day that we celebrate the salvation of the […]