{Waiting — An Advent Reflection} Melody Harrison Hanson

I’m pleased to be a part of an Advent Series a friend is running. Most of my life, I have been waiting for God. It’s a spiritual waiting for miracles. Waiting for answers. Waiting for healing in me and in others that I love or have loved. Waiting to feel mercy. Waiting for peace. You…

{Stretching the Canvas of our Imagination}

I’ve tried to sit down and read all day. Instead I’ve placed phone calls to doctors, waited impatiently for return calls from nurses about supplements and medication’s interactions, and run twice to pharmacy and grocery store.  And, on it goes. One child threw up this morning. Another is dealing with headaches of the magnitude that you or…

Why do you Love me? [Advent Reflection]

That was the question, an aching appeal, a cry of  a sad heart. Children can be so difficult, argumentative and surly. They question everything. They take up space and create messes.  Interrupt.  They wreck things that once were beautiful.  Children don’t deserve our love. Do they? Why do I love you, I answered?  Because you are my…

Empty and Waiting

I must apologize in advance for this essay.  I could delete it, I almost did.  Perhaps I still shall.  ——————————————————————————————————————— I stopped dreaming.  I realized this as I sat in church yesterday. It’s hard to feel hopeful when you no longer dream.  What you conceived for your life is not this, when you look around…

I am a Reformed Control Freak (Advent Musings)

I am a reformed control freak.  By reformed I suppose I mean that I know I am, was, can be a controlling person who wants things just so. Christmas is a perfect example of what really gets my ire up.  OK, once again I’m showing what a wreck I am.  Yesterday I found myself at…

Blessed, Is She? [Re-imagining Christian Feminism]

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45 NIV Mary learned that she was to be mother of Jesus when she was only a child herself. And all of the social implications had the potential to ruin her life.  I am sure, as she…

In your Highs and your Lows, God is satisfied

Many, many times after I write, I think I’m too emotional in my writing.  I woke up this morning thinking only of regret.  Too out there (sometimes.)  Too vulnerable (definitely.)  Too emotional and effusive.  It is not always easy for me to put myself so far out there. I got to thinking of the Psalms…

Waiting: What we can’t see!

Originally uploaded by M e l o d y I have been reflecting on what Luci Shaw says, “anticipation lifts the heart.” But if I am completely honest, I have found the waiting of this season to be excruciating. These weeks of in-between, of surrender, of emptying, of letting go and ultimately, the truth of…

God is With Us. But Can We Find Him?

I have marvelled at my doubt.   I am going through one of my phases where I feel extremely disappointed by organized religion.  Like Michael Jinkins, in Called to Be Human, I don’t understand what spiritual means any more than I understand what it means to be religious — but I know that today they are a pale imitation of what they should be,…

Advent Conspiracy

The thought of not spending so much money at Christmas is both terrifying and freeing!  I have long felt that Christmas has lost its meaning and, as a parent, I want my children to “get” what Christmas is really about.  Take Easter, for example, with the bunnies, the baskets, and the candy. I have never participated,…