I feel old today. I awoke feeling as though the inside of my chest and skull had been scrubbed with the abrasive side of a dish sponge and the backs of my eyes were tied together. More and more, I've been finding myself singing familiar hymns, memorizing verses I've forgotten along the way, and attaching … Continue reading healing in Thy wings
I wasn't allowed to be a Girl Scout. I really wanted to be a Girl Scout. I wasn't allowed to take my Harry Potter books to church to read while my Papa worked in his office and Nana practiced the organ. I wasn't allowed to dress up as a ghost, witch, devil, or anything else scary. I was told yoga was sinful. Because they pray regardless of faith. Because people think they're teaching you devil worship. Because someone might see and they might talk. Because it's a heathen religion.
A number of years ago, a friend saw a waterproof Bible, requested it for the next holiday, and received it. Everyone applauded this friend, saying how godly and good it is to want a Bible for a gift, to hunger for the Word so deeply that one wishes to read it even in the shower, … Continue reading Stumbling over Bibles (Religious Talk Tuesday)
Music is - and has always been - incredibly important to me. I can't remember a time before I began listening to lyrics intently. I do remember that before I could read, in church, I memorized the words as they sounded, each week trying to piece things together. I remember this most distinctly because, having … Continue reading Creative Thursday: Pianos and Songs
Let's talk about discomfort. And beliefs. And how faith can change. All Lutherans (at least all of the ones in the WELS and probably other synods, too), go through what is most often referred to as "Catechism class" before being confirmed in the faith and made a communicant member of a congregation. Nowadays, there are sped … Continue reading Religious Talk Tuesday: Marcus Borg
Isn't that your room, too? Well, no. I mean, yes? Well, we're not one of those couples that has separate bedrooms, if that's what you're thinking. Friday, I was sick. By the time my dear husband came home early from work so that we could head out to his boyhood home to let Daisy the dog … Continue reading A Night in My Husband’s Room
Growing up part of a very reserved, small-but-corporate Lutheran church body, one of the ideas of which I was all but unaware of until my late teens was that of a testimony. When I learned the term and listened to a few online and on television, I felt confused and left out because, unlike mainstream media-based Christianity, … Continue reading Religious Talk Tuesday: My Testimony