The Occasional Shippment

Occasional thoughts from a young adult reveling in the messiness of life.

Category Archives: Spiritual Journey

It’s Friday. Sunday is Coming.

It has been said that you cannot fully appreciate the joy of Easter without walking through Holy Week. With that, I have a confession: until this week, I have avoided … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Tale of Three Churches

It was truly the best of times. When 2013 began, I couldn’t have imagined that this was how I would spend my Christmas Eve. I started that year far from … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · 3 Comments


I’m a big believer in Aristotle’s assertion that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” With that, I spend a lot of time thinking about where I am in life, … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tale of the Twist-Tie Cross

As I was packing for a recent trip, I found a necklace in my jewelry box that I had long since forgotten about. Tucked in the corner of the bottom … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Thoughts on Not Growing Up in Church

This post started out differently. I was planning to write a rather provocative post entitled “10 Reasons I’m Glad I Didn’t Grow Up in Church.” But as I stared at … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Love the One in Front of You

Traveling is an amazing endeavor that I have been fortunate enough to indulge in quite a bit lately. As amazing as it can be, though, there is certainly an element … Continue reading

June 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Power of Community

This weekend, the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta elected its 10th Bishop. Though I was not among those voting in the election, I was fortunate enough to attend one of the … Continue reading

June 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Call of Tomorrow

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could learn what it had to teach.” … Continue reading

May 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Fighting Normal

Anytime I take one of those personality assessments, I always score off the charts on logic and reason. So it often surprises people when I tell them that faith is … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Stepping Stone

One of the things I get to do often as a public relations professional is staff interviews (that is, I help prep our spokespeople, make the introduction with the reporter … Continue reading

May 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

On the First Day

Spurred on by nothing in particular (at least nothing of which I’m aware at this point), I find myself in a spot that is at once familiar and unfamiliar: embarking … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

He was Hungry…

I constantly struggle with trying to be the woman God calls me to be. Living in a big city, surrounded by so many people in need, makes that struggle even … Continue reading

April 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

If Hope Floats, What Does Faith Do?

I have always been inspired by the idea that hope floats above all else—that as long as you have the ability to hope and to wish and to dream, you can … Continue reading

May 4, 2010 · Leave a comment

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