A Message to You — April 22, 2010

We are always in good hands by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church, Rockford  I realized that I had no real memory of the night after my surgery. I had this image of my husband smiling into my face as I was wheeled to my room, telling me the good news that they had found […]

The more you give away, the more you have

by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church, Rockford On any given weekend, we could expect to see the same scene when we looked out our window across the parking lot: a middle-aged man buffing his vintage car to shimmery perfection. We lived in a condo complex when first married, and you get a peek into […]

A Message for You

Look for the true gifts of Christmas by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church, UCC Rockford On a blistering hot day this past summer, I was waiting at a red light in my air-conditioned car when a lean young man jogged past the traffic. With a natural orange “fro” bobbing as he ran, he was […]

A Message for You

God wants to hear from us by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church of Rockford “Dear God, for my birthday I would really like a shiny red wagon and especially a puppy. Thanks for my good life! Amen.” So reads, we imagine, the prayer of a young child: simple requests for things they would like […]

Slowed Down

by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church Lately I’ve been driving like someone who would have driven me crazy just a while ago. I am a few weeks post-surgery and still moving in slow motion more than I realize. I look in my rearview mirror to see someone on my tail and think, “What’s your […]