Hope has a Reason

Hope has a Reason

We all have those years when Christmas doesn’t really feel like Christmas—when, for whatever reason, it seems impossible to get into the holiday spirit or experience Christmas with the wonder of a child. Conversely, there are those years when we seem positively...
Christmas Journeys

Christmas Journeys

Christmas for me is a time of reflection of the journey that the year has brought… along with uncountable squeals of excitement in the morning that starts with my Dad reading Luke 2 and ends with wrapping paper everywhere, new toys, and the gooey mess of a cinnamon...
Immanuel: The God who Dwells with Us

Immanuel: The God who Dwells with Us

Holidays like Christmas are about time spent together with loved ones. That togetherness—simply being present with those we treasure—seems to make everything seem a little brighter in the world. Amid joy, laughter, and silly traditions, there is an unspoken truth of...
Counting Your Blessings

Counting Your Blessings

How long would it take to follow the advice of the old hymn to count your many blessings AND name them one by one? I don’t know about you, but my list would be incredibly long. Often it seems easier to focus on the things we don’t have, which is nothing more than a...

Reflections from Iowa

Having been around SSI LEAD for 9 years (2 as a student, 4 as a volunteer, and 3 as staff), it’s always fascinating to see how someone else does it. Last year (2017) I was able to meet Nate Oppman of the THE FAMiLY LEADER (TFL) in Iowa who would be heading up LEAD out...