God Amid Trauma

The relationship between God and trauma has been a topic of conversation between my friends and I for several years.  A natural response to trauma is for us to question, “Why?” I recently listened to Kate Braestrup’s podcast, Presence in the Wild.    Kate works with law enforcement to bring comfort to grieving families and law […]

Snowpocalypse? – Embrace the Change

We live in South Dakota.  Changing seasons are inevitable.  The first snow is upon us and we’ve gone from 60 (degrees) to freezing overnight, from tennis shoes to snow boots, from jackets to parka’s, from soccer balls to snow balls and lawn mowers to snow blowers.  If this has you feeling anxious and angry, here […]


How do you define hope?  It can be difficult to put into words.  Hope is one of those elusive concepts that challenge our ability to use concrete, descriptive words. Belief, aspiration, desire, future, and possibility are often used in a definition of hope, yet those words do little to bring about an understanding. I think […]