How will America gather for Thanksgiving this year?

How will America gather for Thanksgiving this year?

How did America first gather? In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims gathered with the Massasoit Indians to celebrate the harvest. It wasn’t anything purchased from the grocery store, but what was hunted and grown and greatly prepared after much sacrifice and hard work. It was a union of what had been taught and what has been learned. It was a friendship forged.

It was the white man who had come to America. It was the white man who was accustom to celebrating the bounty called a harvest festival. It was the local Native Americans who taught the white man how to plant and grow and reap in a new world. Together they gathered. It was the local Native Americans that made room. That welcomed. Like any relationship, I can only imagine the beauty and the mess that unfolded. To share the land. To learn from each other. To be patient. To let love win despite the differences or trials.

The differences that had to be discussed.

The commonalities that connected.

The stories that were shared.

The gratitude that was given.

The praise and petitions that were prayed.

Did those that gathered at the first Thanksgiving honor Jesus? The Giver of all good things? Their Provider? Their Healer? Their Help in time of trouble?

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How will America gather this year? 

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#WelcomeJesus

What if we stood still on the first of the month and invited Jesus into our city?

What if we physically opened up our front doors and said aloud, “Jesus, You are most welcomed here?”

The purpose of this call to prayer is to simply, yet deliberately, welcome Jesus into our cities.

Onto our streets. Down the alleyways. Into the train stations.

Surrounding the hospital beds. Over the schools and universities. Into our churches and cul-de-sacs.

Throughout city hall and prison cells.

Into the broad spaces and down to the dark places. 

Will you join us?

It’s not a church that’s doing this or a ministry.

It’s City-dwellers. Citizens. Children.

All who believe with faith the size of a mustard seed.

Here’s how this all began…

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when in ireland

we might travel differently (backpacking, tour groups, overpacking, adventurous or staying close by) but we can all agree when we travel God gives us His world to enjoy!


i’ve been privileged to travel and see amazing places and so have others – to places i’ve been, to places i’ve yet to go. but coming all the way here opened my eyes to see that our stories, our truly best stories come from within. whether you’ve never left the farm or you’ve moved so much you’ve lost count, whether you’ve seen too much or seen too little, you’e seen enough to tell your story. so here, i’m telling my story. what i’ve seen when in…


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my writing journey

well, she’s making friends. remembering their names. working on keeping that beautiful smile on. i love watching her at the end of the day on the playground or at home as she enters into an imaginative world with her imaginative friends. she seems really relaxed with “them” and she doesn’t have to be concerned with language or focus or presentation. she’s doing just fine!

i’m in two worlds as well. the marketing side of a book proposal and the adventurous side of developing characters and plot. i am having to work really hard at the marketing side,  but love it when i can just sit down with my characters and enter their world. one requires lots of stretching and research and focus. the other {for now, until i must edit} is SO MUCH FUN!

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so here’s where i’m starting and here’s what i’m using…

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