Women of the ELCA Blog
My husband and I just got back from a relaxing vacation in a little cottage Up North, the woods and waters of the upper Great Lakes states. During that week, I saw God’s handiwork everywhere—in the high limestone bluffs that lean over the sapphire-blue waters of the bay and in the dark cedarsRead More »
by Megan Jones
I am a strong woman. I have a tattoo to prove it. On my inner right wrist are the characters for “strong woman” in Kanji that remind me every day of who I am, who I long to be. I am independent and even a little stubborn.
It is hard for me toRead More »
Today you are free, even encouraged, to ask a “stupid question.” Why? Because it’s “Ask a Stupid Question Day,” which teachers in the 1980s created to get students to ask more questions. I wonder if some teachers are now warning, “Be careful what you wish for?”
In my job, I sometimes think every dayRead More »
This opening line from Sara Teasdale’s poem “Barter” has been a staple in my life since I was a little girl. One of my mother’s favorites, she would quote it to us often when we would come upon a breeze rustling the leavesRead More »
“Sticks and Stones” is a children’s rhyme that encourages “the victim of name-calling to ignore the taunt, to refrain from physical retaliation and to remain calm and good-natured,” according to Wikipedia.
The online encyclopedia reports that “Sticks and Stones” first appeared in the March 1862 issue of The Christian Recorder, a publicationRead More »
You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting (Psalm 104:19).
For many of us, the shrinking hours of lightRead More »
If I asked for a show of hands, I’m guessing that many of us, over the course of the last week, have laughed out loud (LOL’d), cyber-hugged someone or smiled via emoticons (those cute faces made with punctuation marks).
We probably did this without leaving our computer because those don’t require face-to-face contact,Read More »
by Barbara Berry-Bailey
There was a man who was poor his entire childhood. As a young man, he studied and worked hard to achieve the things he never had as a boy. In time, he had all that he always wanted: a loving family (with all the dynamics that come with family), a beautiful home,Read More »