Spontaneous Joy!

Natalie Hendrickson

READ : Psalm 95:1-5 The fall air was cool and crisp. My husband Rod and I were driving along the picturesque Pacific coastline from Washington state back to our home in southern California. Instead of blasting down the highway, this year we allowed enough time for a leisurely road trip. The entire journey was wondrous! Every winding turn through majestic Big Sur revealed one glorious expanse after another, like the energetic crescendo of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” At one turn …

Enjoy the Ride!

Natalie Hendrickson

READ : Proverbs 15:30 “Are we having fun yet?” I was puzzled by Sam’s question. I thought, this is a church leadership meeting. What does fun have to do with church business? For that matter, what does fun have to do with the Christian life in general? God used Sam’s lighthearted, yet earnest question to get me back on track. I was reminded of an afternoon years ago when I was a youth pastor. As I drove through town on …

The Rhythms of Rest and Reflection

Natalie Hendrickson

READ : Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Autumn is my favorite time of year. There is a chill in the air when I harvest the last of the squash and tomatoes and uproot each plant. As the days grow shorter I look forward to letting the ground lie fallow through the winter. While the soil rests, so will I. The garden cycles of productivity and replenishment mirror those in our spiritual journey with God. Fall is a season to embrace the rhythms of …

Look Up!

Natalie Hendrickson

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