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A Generous Table

By Megan Westra / March 3, 2020 /

Scripture: John 13:1-20   Communion is my favorite liturgy; it has been since I was a child. When I was young, one of the women who lived down the road would bake the communion bread fresh each month for our congregation’s communion table. When the bread was served during worship, I would rip off as…

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Slow Grace

By Megan Westra / March 2, 2020 /

Scripture: Matthew 5:44-46 At the heart of my struggles with gratitude is my reflexive belief that I have to prove I am worthy. Worthy of acceptance. Worthy of your time. Worthy of a place. Heck, if I am really good perhaps I can manage to prove I am worthy of belonging. I’m not even sure where…

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Do Not Be Afraid

By Megan Westra / March 1, 2020 /

Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7 While I was pregnant with my daughter our house was broken into three separate times. On no occasion did the person intruding take anything of great value. Some change we’d left sitting on a counter for bus fare. An X-Box. But it was still wildly unnerving.  I remember standing in my kitchen,…

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With

By Megan Westra / February 29, 2020 /

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-21 I went shopping with my daughter the other day, she had birthday money to spend and given that she’s only eight, someone has to supervise such things. Despite my own stint as a certifiable mall rat during my teenage years, I was not prepared to spend an hour in a store…

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The Guarded Heart

By Megan Westra / February 28, 2020 /

Scripture: Proverbs 4:23 My family moved about a month after I graduated from high school. I spent the first fifteen years of my life in the same house, in the same tiny town my Dad had lived in for his whole life. Then, before my sophomore year of high school, we moved two hours away…

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The Gratitude Journal

By Megan Westra / February 27, 2020 /

Scripture: James 1:17 I bought a gratitude journal for this year. The challenges at the end of 2019 convinced me I would need to be intentional in practicing gratitude in 2020. I placed the journal resolutely on the shelf next to our dining room table and informed my husband and daughter we would be sharing…

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Confetti Wednesday

By Megan Westra / February 26, 2020 /

Scripture: Matthew 6:25-29 We made custom photo confetti for our wedding reception. It was peak-early 2000s cheesiness. Tiny versions of our engagement photos interspersed among yellow and white bits of paper. It was overkill, but I loved it.  At the end of the reception, we swept up food crumbs and dirt tracked in on people’s shoes,…

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Lent-ish

By Megan Westra / February 24, 2020 /

If I’m honest, 2020 started off quite difficult for me. In January, I had three wisdom teeth removed–which apparently is a THING for some people. It took me three solid weeks to recover from the procedure. (I’m sure my attempt to preach two days after the extractions did not help my trajectory for recovery, oh hindsight.)…

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Self and Soul

By Megan Westra / September 11, 2019 /

Despite my undying love for summer, I am always grateful for the rhythms and regularity of back-to-school season. As a student myself currently, this means the advent of work-rest rhythms of assignments and exams. As a parent, it means the welcome arrival of imposed structure for my child, and an outlet for her boundless curiosity.…

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Twenty-Third (and a half) Psalm

By Megan Westra / May 16, 2019 /

The Lord is my shepherd but I’ve never raised sheep, so I don’t really know what that means. I am left wanting  something more a way I can relate. The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures  but in this place I am not productive I don’t know how to hold on to worth…

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