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10 minutes of inspiration to make your week brighter. Walking Our Faith is finding God in the everyday ordinary. Part devotional, part confessional, 100 % real. Each episode is just 10 minutes. Suzanne is the author of A Map of Heaven, Mrs. Tuesday's Departure, and God Loves You, Chester Blue. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/suzanneelizabeth-anderson/support
 
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I’ve never been good at waiting. When I was a child I would crawl beneath the Christmas tree branches and shake the presents to see if I could guess the contents, because I did not want to wait until Christmas day. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor…
 
Thanksgiving is meant to be family gathering, especially when our families are far flung, and our meetings intermittent, or annual at best. But too often, what was meant to be a joyful, becomes a rehashing of old grievances, political, religious, or mis-remembered childhood events. What I learned this week is that in addition to giving ​thanks, we …
 
Getting established and making new friends is something I am very familiar with. Why did I think it should be any different this time, is it because I am older? The irony of course, is that as we get older it is almost certain that we will have to move to a place where we may not know anyone, leaving behind our community to start all over again whe…
 
All Souls Day is a way to honor our loved ones and I know we are meant to remember that they are now in the joyful embrace of God and enjoying a heaven that is more beautiful than our limited imaginations can conceive. Death is a new beginning for them as well as us, and because we are human, I hope we will also give ourselves space and time to jea…
 
I do understand the frustration of unanswered prayers and unanswered questions of faith and church hierarchies that feel exclusionary to at least half the population. In the past when I read of yet another sexual abuse scandal by a pastor or a priest using the authority of their position to prey on young people, my anger would compel me to want to …
 
Our grief may make us feel like turning inward — to replay our favorite moments with our beloved over and over again. But we must not allow ourselves to be completely cut off from the exterior world, because that is where our future lives. So, as we move through our grief, we must do so while performing this delicate dance of caring for our broken …
 
I strongly believe that my walk of faith should not be yours, nor yours mine. An authentic walk of faith is a private matter between you and God and one which you must choose to pursue or not to pursue, each day. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.f…
 
What should we do as we face a new chapter in life? For me it was turning 60 and losing my mother. This episode begins the quest of considering how I will live the final third of my life. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/suzanneelizabeth-anders…
 
Like blinders on a horse, I seat myself at the front of the church so I can mind my own business. How often do I make erroneous assumptions about the prayers of those around me? I see someone who appears to be financially well off in the pew to my left and think they have not a care in the world, not realizing that they are praying for a child who …
 
Very often, when I am sitting with an unanswered prayer, here’s what I want to say to God: “Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!” — Psalm 4:1 I want to know that I am heard. I want God’s consolation even if the answer I receive isn’t ultimately the o…
 
Ending our year and beginning a new one with a thoughtful reflection lets us see we are stronger than we believed and our lives are richer then we imagined. We discover grace surrounds us on more days than not. Instead of a list of resolutions, find yourself some quiet time this week, and reflect on the past year: What good thing did you experience…
 
An unexpected snowstorm. And in this hour before sunset, the sky has cleared enough for the lingering rays of the sun to cast a delicate wash of pink across the newly fallen snow. This beauty can make you feel cozy and secure or desolate and lonely. My decorations are up, my first round of Christmas cookies have been baked and given out. Handel’s “…
 
It occurred to me that not only did the road engineers not need my help, but they could see the result of this construction project when I could not. I had not needed to be worried all those months. Simultaneously, it occurred to me that this was a very fitting analogy for what my prayer life can feel like. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor…
 
Over the course of this podcast, I have spent more time reading, thinking and writing about God than I have in the previous 54 years of my life. And what have I achieved? Do I feel enlightened? Have I attained a higher level of consciousness? Actually not at all. To be honest even if I spent the next 50 years continuing my pursuit of God through bo…
 
What I discovered is that when I don’t go to church, something is missing in my life. Something is missing in my spiritual walk with God. Yes I can worship and love God on my own. I do so daily. I can even worship God through church services that are televised through my computer or Zoom. But worshiping and loving God with other people on Sundays a…
 
On Tuesdays after the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s in Breckenridge, we are invited to stay for 30 minutes of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. These 30 minutes of silent prayer and meditation seem to be the perfect way to end the Mass and start the rest of our day. Last Tuesday during adoration, I finished praying my rosary, sat back in my pew a…
 
I’ll ask you to excuse me this week because as I recount my experience from last Tuesday’s Mass, I still get a smile on my face. And quite honestly, it’s inexplicable to me. I arrived around 7:45 a.m. so that I could pray before Mass began. My prayers usually entail a laundry list of things I want to ask God’s help with. But on Tuesday morning, I k…
 
Last week, I watched the Olympic trials for swimming. Swimming is my favorite Olympic sport because I was a competitive swimmer for 11 years from the age of 11 through my sophomore year at the University of Michigan. A reporter asked one of the swimmers what his strategy would be for the finals against a very competitive field. The young man replie…
 
Does it make a difference when we pray alone or together? This week I discuss what I recently gained by sharing my prayers for my mother during a weekday Mass. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/suzanneelizabeth-anderson/support…
 
Over the past six years I’ve shared my walk of faith in my column for the Summit Daily News and I see a better version of myself today than existed when I began. But now I’m curious. How you are living your faith? Today begins what I hope will be the first of many interviews that I’ll share in the coming year. Let’s meet Amy Evans, a Breckenridge f…
 
What compelled me to get up and go to swim practice in pre-dawn darkness? I loved swimming. I loved competing. I loved my teammates. I loved how it felt to glide through the water. I loved everything about swimming. And I knew the only way to excel at swimming was to practice it consistently — always pushing myself to do better. My devotion to my s…
 
When I first moved to Breckenridge, I didn’t know a soul, but I began regularly attending the Saturday evening mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. I was greeted by Barbara Rasmussen who always said “hello” and asked how I was doing. If I didn’t show up for a few weeks, she asked where I’d been the next time she saw me, which had the effect of givin…
 
I’ve begun attending 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s on Sunday mornings. If you’d told me a year ago that I’d be doing this, I would have laughed because I’ve never been a morning person. On a recent phone call, I told Mom I began going to the 8 a.m. Mass because Ken brought doughnuts from Daylight Donuts along with freshly made coffee. I’ll do just abou…
 
The other day, I listened to Bishop Robert Barron and Alex O’Conner, host of the CosmicSkeptic and university student at Oxford, debate the existence of God. Eventually, the argument came to the question of suffering. This argument usually proceeds as: If God exists and allows suffering, he is uncaring or uninvolved in our lives, or God does not ex…
 
sometimes get mad at God. Not for something he has done but for something he has not done, which I, in my infinite wisdom, felt he should have. Of course, my wisdom is not infinite; it’s actually pretty limited. And God‘s wisdom is infinite, which means I often don’t understand things from his greater perspective. That doesn’t stop me from getting …
 
I believe the question we should ask is not why more Americans don’t believe in God or don’t go to church. God exists whether we acknowledge him or not. And we have created churches to suit every taste, from dance halls to living rooms. The real question is: Why don’t more Americans find personal meaning in a relationship with God? How do we create…
 
It got me thinking of my own approach to reading the Bible this year. I am reading the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, just two chapters a week over the course of the entire year. I got the idea when I received my Word on Fire Bible, which contains only the four Gospels but also a wealth of commentary and vibrant artwork related to ev…
 
“The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, and hurries to its place where it rises. — Ecclesiastes 1:5” Last week, I watched the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean every morning, and I don’t know why I was surprised to discover that no two sunrises are alike. Some mornings it rose behind clouds, its arrival hidden until the very last moment when, su…
 
One afternoon sitting at an outdoor café in Paris, I felt a bit sad, and so I paid my bill and headed across the square to the Louis Vuitton store and bought myself a purse. That purse sits on a shelf in my closet. Nowadays, I’d feel silly carrying it anywhere in Breckenridge. Thankfully, we live in a low-key town. If you stroll down the aisles of …
 
I discovered proof of God on Wednesday afternoon in the tree branch shadows cast across the snow and frozen stream where I had stopped on the side of the road to let Kiki catch her breath and Bear investigate the smells of other animals. Kiki and Bear are my elderly adopted Newfoundland dogs. Our walks meander. My Lenten journey is only a few weeks…
 
She had promised to bring chili to the church dinner to feed her neighbors. But it was the end of the month and she didn’t have much in her cupboards. She had even less in her bank account. But she did have two large sweet potatoes, four cans of beans and two cans of crushed tomatoes. She peeled and chopped the sweet potatoes, mixed them with the b…
 
After attending Ash Wednesday Mass, I stopped by the Breckenridge library. One of my favorite librarians, Jane, came out with an armful of books for me. She asked what I had decided to give up for Lent, I believe because she had read my column last week. I sheepishly confessed that I had settled on something only the night before. I decided that my…
 
Last year I gave up wine for Lent again and each morning I wrote, I love being sober, in my gratitude journal. I’ll be honest, I felt silly writing this because I had had no intention of remaining sober once Lent was over. Then I realized that I meant what I was writing. I loved being sober. I felt better physically, emotionally and mentally. I sle…
 
Will you join me in a special project for 2021? Beginning this week and through the end of the year, let’s read through the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We will read two chapters each week. It will be a wonderful opportunity to practice lectio divina, as we incorporate prayer into our Bible reading, and see what a difference it make…
 
I had not given much thought to the idea of a word for the year. It was more of a musing I had after listening to a podcast on that topic at the beginning of January. So as I drove to work, I considered what word to choose. I wanted something inspiring or aspirational, and so I tinkered with the word “finish,” as in, I want to finish writing the my…
 
The definition of grace is “unmerited favor.” Prosperity preachers say it’s akin to winning the lottery. But I’d like to suggest a more sustaining definition taken from the words of Jesus, himself: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,…
 
Most difficult for me as a person of faith is to see that even among people with whom I share the same beliefs, we are on opposite ends when it comes to politics. Up until Wednesday, I took that divide in stride and hoped that after the inauguration later this month, things would improve. After the insurrection at our Capitol on Wednesday, we recei…
 
I often write about how we are the hands and feet of God. 2020 showed us how true that is. God’s friendship with us, arms open wide, reaching out to help when we are hungry or cold or in need of an ear to listen, is what God asks us to do for one another. 2020 is the year we did. We saw it in the tireless work of our neighbors who are healthcare pr…
 
I believe this year and this Christmas will be remembered for the rest of our lives for what we have lost and what we have gained and most of all what we have learned about caring for one another, especially for those who cared so much for us. I hope this Christmas you will welcome Christ into your home and into your heart. Merry Christmas! #christ…
 
This week my mother and I made the difficult decision that I would not fly to visit her for Christmas. I haven’t seen Mom since March. I bought my tickets for this two-week visit back in September. And with every day that brought my visit closer we talked more excitedly about how we would spend our time together. Since Thanksgiving, Mom has been co…
 
The weather forecast said we might get a few inches of snow by Tuesday morning but when I woke there was already 10 inches of snow on the ground and by the time it finished the totals were closer to 24 inches of snow. And that’s just the way it is sometimes when you’re waiting for things to change and it seems like you’re amid a drought and then th…
 
As you head to the grocery store or stop by a restaurant to pick up your Thanksgiving dinner, please take a moment to say “thank you” to the cashier and the wait staff. Look them in the eye and wish them a happy Thanksgiving. Please spend some of your holiday dollars with local businesses. You will not only be buying a unique Colorado gift, you wil…
 
I assure you, we are no closer to God when sitting too close to our neighbor in a pew. Our praise and worship is heard by God just as well when our mouth is covered by a mask as when it is not. If you don’t believe me or the doctors, at least believe what Jesus Christ said when he said we should love one another as we want to be loved and care for …
 
No matter who stands at the podium and is sworn in Jan. 20, 2021, they will face a country firmly divided in half, a country closing in on the one-year anniversary of a pandemic, which has so far claimed a quarter of a million lives in the U.S. alone. As I scrolled through social media, I was heartened to see messages of hope and unity and resilien…
 
When I’m overwhelmed, I recall that time is like a river always pushing us forward. Let’s remain fully present to learn all we can. This anxious time will pass, and our lives will flow forward, surrounded by God’s love and peace. A psalm of David The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside qui…
 
When we call upon God, we will be comforted. When we feel overwhelmed by the chaos in our country, God is our steadfast refuge. We become the mustard seed of faith which has within it the strength of a towering tree. We are the widow who had so little to give, yet because she gave what she had, the Son of God recognized her offering as great, and s…
 
I'm asking as a person of faith that we bow our heads and mourn those who have died from the Coronavirus and the families they have left behind. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/suzanneelizabeth-anderson/support…
 
Maybe it would be more productive to talk about what makes our country great and how loving kindness, which God commanded us to extend to our neighbor as we would want it extended to us, can make us better citizens in our community and our nation. I took the first step in that direction Monday when I put in an application to be a poll worker for th…
 
I spent Saturday binge-watching the World’s Toughest Race series on Amazon. It is a 650-kilometer adventure race consisting of sailing, paddleboarding, hiking through jungles, swimming through dangerously cold water and repelling down waterfalls — all done with little or no sleep — over the course of three days for the most elite professional teams…
 
What is your calling? Where is God calling you to serve in our community? I hope you’ll spend some time this week praying and thinking about that. And then I hope you’ll put your thoughts into action. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/suzanneeli…
 
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