Love amidst illness

Love amidst illness

This month, I am considering the kind promise “I will love without keeping score.” I’ve found this promise especially helpful in times of illness or disability. (For me, that’s every day.) It’s the scorekeeping that’s the problem. When you are ill, you may need...
Gratitude in dark times

Gratitude in dark times

There are no limits on gratitude. It’s easy to appreciate it when things go our way. Even when they don’t, if we look deeply, we can see the good. There is always something for which to be grateful. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 in the Christian Bible says, “Rejoice always,...
how to practice sustainable activism

how to practice sustainable activism

I was 10 years old when I began my life as an activist. In my small Wisconsin hometown, a group of us kids painted oil drums bright co echo turn off the kitchen lors. Helpful adults arranged for them to be scattered around downtown so that people could use them as...
what calls you to take compassionate action?

what calls you to take compassionate action?

What if we saw privilege as an invitation to make the world a better place? When Chef Asma Khan was a young girl growing up in India, her father took her to the ruins of the ancestral palace. From there, they could see the remains of the surrounding slums. “It was an...
Finding the whimsy in seasons of change.

Finding the whimsy in seasons of change.

Sometimes, you invite change into your life. For example, you get a new job, create a new relationship, move from one place to another. Other times, change crashes down on you, unbidden. You become ill or you are laid off or someone dies or there is fire or flood or...