When We Fast

I made Greek ribs and steamed rice and a big bowl of salad. Chunks of feta cheese. We placed it on the table and Scott and the kids gathered. But I didn’t sit down with my family for dinner. I was fasting. Our Lifegroup girls, the circle of women who are heart friends and gather on Thursday […]

The Mutuality of Suffering, or When One Hurts, We all Hurt

Life takes on a very different light when seen through the prism of others’ suffering. I was in Cancun, Mexico when the earthquake shook Haiti. I remember sitting on the couch in a beautiful suite, looking out over the expanse of water that stretched through our windows and holding the tension of wealthy and poor, […]

Haiti: Making Sense of Suffering in my So-Called Perfect World

Idelette’s note: I wrote this piece in the week following the earthquake in Haiti. It seems appropriate to post it as part of my reflection on Lent and Suffering. Haiti: Making Sense of Suffering in a So-called Perfect World I made banana bread with my 4-year-old this afternoon, while the two-year-old napped. We stood at […]

From Suffering into Resurrection: 40 Days of Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. How I understand this (with my Dutch Reformed roots, whoo-hoo Pentecostal tendencies, friends in every denomination imaginable, a non-denominational church I treasure and a belief that I can find Jesus in every person I encounter) is that this 40-day period marks a deliberate journey into suffering. […]