April 4th, 2021

[Published by Gillian Fritzsche] It was Easter Sunday morning, April 4th, 2021. Fay Rowe had just posted on her personal Facebook page, “It’s Resurrection Sunday, when we celebrate that the crucified Christ rose again for our justification. Alleluia!” Minutes later, she arose with her husband to get ready to attend church, in person. She showered, … More April 4th, 2021

A Reader’s Reflection

Yesterday, I found myself overwhelmed, looking at so many things in this world and in my own life that I am sure need fixing but appear pretty much beyond help. I think I know from whence came my extreme funk: Our present “Pandemic” circumstance—having been “shutdown” over and over through the past year, separated from … More A Reader’s Reflection

Forgotten Rest

Updated. First posted on November 20, 2009 at 9:47 AM It is possible that I have never lived through a time when rest seemed in such short supply. There have always been troubled times on earth, and there is no question that people have lived, and are living this moment, through worse than you and … More Forgotten Rest

Hearts and Hope

I first wrote about this back in 2009, but today I felt I needed to read it again. For me. I’d been reading Bent Hope; a street journal, by Tim Huff. This book, which tells stories of his encounters with homeless people on the streets of Toronto and elsewhere over a span of twenty years, … More Hearts and Hope

Afraid

First posted on January 13, 2010 at 12:28 PM In the face of modern day terrorist attacks and warnings of the same, it is so easy to live our days and nights in fear of what might happen. Even we who have trusted in God for our eternal salvation can experience deep fear during troubling … More Afraid

Times and Seasons

First posted on February 4, 2010 My husband teaches in a business school, and one of the concepts I occasionally hear him discuss is an “escalating commitment to a failing course of action.” In other words, not knowing when to change direction. To someone like me, that smacks of giving in and giving up, and … More Times and Seasons

Go For Gold

Originally posted on February 27, 2010 From the opening ceremony of the 21st Winter Olympics to the closing celebration, our television was tuned to the games. I cheered at the awards, cried at the poignancy of Joannie Rochette’s skate, held my breath when bobsledders crashed out, and felt the pain of those who grieved over … More Go For Gold

Speaking Salt

These days, I often think about—and sometimes pontificate about—free speech. I probably do the latter too often, too loudly, and too long, but it’s because the older I get, the more I see how its value has deteriorated in many parts of western society. In a time when politicians and online social media sites think … More Speaking Salt

Believing Like Jesus

He had just annoyed the well respected Pharisees by healing a sick man who was lying near the pool called Bethesda located next to the Sheep Gate. Maybe the healing itself could have gotten a pass, but it was the Sabbath, and, adding even more offence to healing on that day, Jesus told the man … More Believing Like Jesus

Gospel Consumers

Years ago, we attended Aldersgate United Methodist Church in College Station Texas. One Sunday, our pastor brought a mannequin to church and sat him on a pew, just to see if anyone would notice. Most of us didn’t. Then he preached a sermon on living together as a community. Pastor Terry Teykel knew how to … More Gospel Consumers