Photo on 2011-05-08 at 21.45 #5Welcome to Everything Belongs!

As a parent to small children, do you ever wonder how you are going to make it through the day?  Between tantrums, spills, and multiple night awakenings, this season of life can often feel exhausting, isolating, and stretching.

But I am here to let you know, you are not alone.

In Luke 24 there is a story of two disciples who left Jerusalem, to walk towards the town of Emmaus.  As these two travelers walked away, they were full of confusion, disorientation, unfilled expectations. Much like parenting can often feel.  Yet they were not alone. They had one another as companions.

I’m honored you found me and would love to have you walk with me, because life was meant to be shared together.  I trust that my stories will help you, just as much as hearing from you, you breathe renewed energy into mine.

As the story unfolds, unknown to these weary travelers, Jesus himself shows up in their midst, and walks with them, renewing and restoring. And as they reach their Emmaus destination and gather around the table, bread was offered and blessed, broken and shared. They awakened.  Their eyes were open to finally see that the One they had been looking for, searching for, was herehere in this ordinary place, around an ordinary table, in an ordinary home.  And as Jesus disappeared from their sight they realized that he had been with them all along the way.  They were never really alone.

In a similar manner God often surprises me, often showing up in those moments when I am most unaware.  In the ordinary, the unexpected, the drudgery and the craziness–meeting God face to face in the lives of my most precious gifts, Owen, Connor & Zachary.  This is what makes this busy season of life rewarding, as I awaken to encounter the Divine in the midst of it all, giving HOPE and JOY in the managed chaos, day in and day out.

With boys, managed is the operative word!

So will you join with me to dare to look?  To dare to peek my eyes open and truly see–the One who has always been, is, and will always be?

“Were not our hearts burning within us as he talked with us along the road…?”
Luke 24:32

For big or small, significant or not, it is all held together by our loving Creator, for truly, everything belongs.

I’m honored to have you join me in this journey…

Rachel Gerber

Blogger and author of Ordinary Miracles:  Awakening to the Holy Work of Parenting

Ordinary Miracles

AWAKENING to the HOLY WORK of PARENTING

Where is God in the midst of temper tantrums, laundry, and accidents? Find out in this honest, devotional memoir about mothering three busy boys. In Ordinary Miracles, ordained Mennonite minister and blogger Rachel S. Gerber gives voice to the grit of parenting with stories of hope. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, who failed at first to recognize Christ walking beside them, Rachel learns to discover the gifts and holy calling hidden in the events of harried family life.

Overburdened parents will find reassurance in Rachel’s own story of how, in her darkest hour of disorientation, in the most mundane and ordinary days of motherhood, and in moments of exhilaration, joy, and beauty, God is present.

“As Rachel Gerber so beautifully reminds us here, God walks beside us. We are not alone in this journey. Even at our most lonely and discouraged, God has given us everything we need.”
—Rachel Balducci, author of Raising Boys Is a Full-Contact Sport
“Laughter. Tears. Runny noses. Car wrecks. Exhaustion. God does not drop her. God does not drop us. With humor and moxie, Rachel Gerber invites us on a journey and calls us to look afresh at how God becomes incarnate among us.”
—Heidi Miller, assistant professor of Christian worship, Perkins School of Theology
“With humor and spunk, Rachel Gerber takes us on a wondrous, demanding Emmaus journey all her own, where she recognizes God and returns to spread the word. Good news for other parents needing encouragement in their own parenting!”
—Bonnie Miller-McLemore, author of In the Midst of Chaos: Care of Children as Spiritual Practice