Sunday already came.

It’s Holy Week. This is the most formative week for Christians in the church calendar. We fast, pray, mourn and rejoice as we remember the incredible atoning sacrifice of Christ.

This year things look different because of a global pandemic. We’re not physically gathering as a church body and that hurts. Most of us are working from home or have lost jobs, and we’re distancing ourselves from all social contact. Some days are scary, some days are borderline normal, but most days just feel slow and different. Altogether, we’re longing to be delivered from this struggle.


Many have observed the timeliness of this longing coinciding with Holy Week. I appreciate that and do see some value there, but I want to be careful not to forget the purpose of remembrance. We are charged to “remember these things” so we don’t forget to give glory where glory is due. Jesus delivered us once and for all. That deliverance withstands all earthly turmoil.

We mustn’t only long deeply for the proverbial Sunday (Sunday is coming!) because we hope to be delivered. We anchor our deep longing in the solace of our Jesus and his sacrifice (Sunday already came!). Hallelujah.

Brief summary of Holy Week:

Below I paraphrase and tell the story in my own words. Please reference the gospels for a full biblical picture of this week. Reading my words may be helpful, but your personal interaction with the text is most important for understanding and clarity. You’ll find the gospel accounts here: Matthew 21-28, Mark 11-16, Luke 19:28-24, John 12-21.

  • Palm Sunday
    • Jesus makes his triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the crowd shouts, Hosanna!
  • Holy Monday
    • And so it begins. Jesus cleanses the temple by confronting the moneychangers and flips their tables. He begins to teach and curses a fig tree.
  • Holy Tuesday
    • Jesus again enters the temple, and a crowd gathers to hear Him teach. The religious leaders see this as an opportunity to trap Jesus, so they question him to usurp His authority. They soon realize they need to stop asking questions. The fig tree decays.
  • Spy Wednesday
    • Mary anoints Jesus with expensive burial oil, which angers Judas. He plans his betrayal as the Sanhedrin plot behind closed doors.
  • Maundy Thursday
    • Jesus spends time teaching his disciples and praying. He appeals to the Father on behalf of his church, as our Priest. Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper. Judas departs. Jesus and the eleven go to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.
  • Good Friday
    • Jesus is betrayed, accused, beaten beyond recognition, mocked, and sent to die – death on a cross. He cries out to Eloi (God) while he drinks the cup before him. He is forsaken, for our sake. The darkness of sin is swallowed up in the goodness of God.
  • Holy Saturday
    • The tomb is sealed. Jesus Christ has died, and descended to the dead. Jesus was made like us in every way through death – except His body would not decay in the earth. It wouldn’t be there long.  
  • Easter Sunday
    • The women head to the tomb. A few disciples came later. They didn’t find Jesus, but they found a stone rolled away and an angelic messenger. “You’re looking for Jesus of Nazareth? He’s not here! He is risen!” (Mark 16:6, paraphrased). Our debt was paid in full and we share in Christ’s triumphant joy.

Already, but not yet

This time that we’re living in? It’s the already, but not yet.

Christ already made atonement for us. We were born inheriting Adam’s sin, but the second (better) Adam imparted us a new inheritance: eternal life in union with Him.
This is the already.

Although we are justified through Christ and live by the Spirit, we are still in bodies of flesh. The world around us is not yet made new. We struggle with sin and are hurt by things like divorce, death, illness, and pandemics. Yet we are promised a day when Christ returns to restore it all, in His time.
This is the not yet.

We are not mere nomads, drifting along and searching for rescue. We have it. We savor it. We rejoice and remember. In our reflection of this Holy Week, may we remember the debt we did not pay and the victory we did not deserve, yet were graciously given.

Thanks be to God.

My City, My Home

I’m a transplant, I’ll admit it.

I never really visited Huntington as a kid.  Although my family lived only 35 minutes away it was not a trip we made often. Huntington is home to Marshall University and two major hospitals – that was the extent of my knowledge as a child.

But in late summer of 2010, at 17 years old, I moved to this city for college.  Since then I have proudly proclaimed Huntington as my home.  When my husband and I were looking to purchase a house, we considered surrounding areas but nothing felt quite as right as the 1950s brick house with a bright red door we found inside city limits.  We knew that for this season of life we had found our place.

A strong sense of community is something I’ve always held at high regard.  Just this morning I was talking to my Mom and she told me her plans for the day – she and my Dad are helping facilitate a park dedication in my hometown.  My dad was there bright and early to set out chairs while my mom was on her way to pick up hotdogs.  This is what I grew up knowing; you help your neighbors and always strive for growth.

It saddens me that not all share my admiration for Huntington.  I am not naive to the complex issues that face our city.  It is no secret that many of our people are hurting and plagued by a disgusting drug epidemic.  An epidemic that ruins families and is a breeding ground for crime.  But what did hate ever accomplish?  In a city I love dearly, one that welcomed me and watched me grow – what else is there to do?

I see it one of two ways:

You can run from a problem, or run towards it.   

Many are running from it and I cannot completely blame them. That may be right for them.  What is not right are statements like these: “I can’t wait to move out of this sh*t hole.”  “Really, America’s Best Community? Is this a joke?” and the cruelest of all: “Just let them die” (referencing those abusing drugs).

That is the PG-13 version.  You can read the rest floating around on social media.  I am truly sad for those who feel this way.

Here’s the silver lining when it comes to Huntington – there are folks running towards it.

Photo cred: White Heart Photography

What does it look like to lean in to a problem?  You see the writing on the wall, feel the uncertainty it brings, and decide to stay anyway.  You seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly.  I have said it one million times and I’ll say it again:  At the end of my life I want to be known as a woman who fiercely loved God and loved people.  That’s it.  We must start there.

I see a group of people who are choosing to do just that.  They’re facing the sin and destruction challenging our city and running right towards it.  I am honored and grateful for each and every one you.

I want to share a few of my favorite organizations and shops.  This is not a complete list but rather a collection of places taking up space in my life right now.  Want to know how to be a part of the revitalization of your city?  Pray for the people around you.  Spend your time and money locally.

Faith + Fitness

New Heights Church – my faith community.  My nearest and dearest people, serving Jesus and their city in the most beautiful way.  I would love to meet you there.  Sundays | 10:30 AM | Huntington High School | Find us at

Brown Dog Yoga – my wellness + fitness community.  I fell in love with yoga two years ago and have been encouraged by BDY ever since.  Truly grateful for all the time I spend each week on the mat, at the barre, and on the bike.  Visit for more information.


The Wild Ramp – you’ll find me here every Saturday morning. If I didn’t grow it in my garden, I bought it here. I love their commitment to local farmers and sustainable growth. And they host a weekly farmer’s market in the summer!  Visit them on Facebook or

River and Rail Bakery – incredible breakfast, lunch, and coffee.  Always friendly staff. Plus they have a suspended coffee fund – money reserved for those less fortunate who want to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee. Buy a cup, give a cup.

The Red Caboose – home to so many local artist’s work. Books, candles, greeting cards, jewelry… you name it, they’ve probably got it.  I love browsing with a latte in hand from River and Rail.

Robert’s Running – where I purchase my running shoes.  Locally owned and great customer service. They have shirts that say “Will run for beer” so, you know I’m on board.

Grindstone Coffeeology – espresso truck for the win! We love the drink and snack options and are always greeted by a friendly face.  They recently opened a brick and mortar inside The Wild Ramp *insert praise hands here*.  Follow them on Instagram @grindstonecoffeology.


Black Sheep Burrito & Brews – tacos for everyone!!!  One of our favorite brunch and date night spots.  We had our rehearsal dinner here in their reception area upstairs.  Easy, fun, local, and usually host to some live music.

Backyard Pizza & Raw Bar – pizza and beer and fried calamari?  Yes, all of it.  One of our go-to places to visit with friends.  Local vibes and decor.

La Famiglia – sometimes we eat pizza three days a week and I’m not mad about it.  Incredible Italian food and great wine options. Locally + family owned.


Huntington City Mission – always needing donations and volunteers. Loving your city should start with loving the people in it. Find more information at

Dress for Success River Cities – donate clothes, money, or time to empower women in our community.

Lily’s Place – did you know 1 in 10 babies born in Huntington suffer from NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome)? That’s an alarming statistic. You can have a tangible impact on this epidemic by donating supplies, money, or volunteering. For more, visit

Necco – we have so many friends involved with Necco and fostering. Orphan care is crucial in our city and state. Whether you welcome children in your home, volunteer to babysit, or take dinner to a foster family – you have something to offer.  Learn more at

For more insight on orphan care, listen here.



Let’s run towards it, not from it.  Own your city and all of its problems – seek justice for the people and destruction around you.  There is no other way to create community than to engage in community.  Show up for your people and one day, when you need it, they’ll show up for you.

This does not even scratch the surface of all the amazing shops, organizations, and dining options in Huntington.  I would love to hear your thoughts and favorites!  Leave a comment below!