Blog posts from New Hope Presbyterian Church in 2021.

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is leftovers. The benefits go far beyond the effects on my taste buds.  

One could argue that there were better years to focus on gratitude, but 1863 was the year President Lincoln chose to establish an enduring, annual national holiday for giving thanks.

Prayer changes when we ‘practice’ Gratitude. We no longer wait on answers to appear but begin to seek for all the ways we have been blessed. 

Do you know what is your “sweet spot” for service? I know that can sound like an oxymoron. For many, service is more of a duty than delight, but it doesn’t have to be.

The premise of All Saints Day is that none of us got here by ourselves. God blesses us best through the lives of other people.

With all the talk about the Habits of Hope (Gather, Pray, Serve, & Learn), what happened to worship? Shouldn’t it be included?   

I'll hear better if I mute myself. The truth of that statement goes beyond online meetings—yes? 

When we learn from classes and books, we may get knowledge, but when we learn from life, the result is wisdom. Books and classes can be helpful, but they can also be a distraction from the lessons life is trying to teach us.  

Learning anything important requires humility and courage. Ask any couple married more than a month (or anyone raising a child for more than a day!) Becoming a Person of Hope seems simple enough—until you actually try it.  

With the constant influx of information and knowledge, why aren't we better at learning? 

If it wasn’t the Tree of Life, the symbol for "People of Hope" would be a three-legged stool. Service would be the seat.  

When we focus only on the changes we want to affect around us, we miss the changes service brings within us. It’s not as easy to measure, but the changes are real. 

I recently suggested that service was the cauliflower of Christianity. Like vegetables, service is something that can be done because it’s good for us, not because we like it.