Posts by Jessi McElyea

Standing In the Inner Court

Esther 4:13-14 “Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, ‘Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall…

A Marvel Moment

Typical morning experience: eating a bagel while walking to the school. Not so typical morning experience: coming face to face with a hawk. Don’t panic—he wasn’t on the swooping attack mode; he was just chilling on the fence by the dumpster, watching me, well, like a hawk. I probably wouldn’t have noticed him if the…

The Many Hats of a Pastor

Living in a house with four other teachers has its perks. First of all, you have other people right there who go through the same crazy ups and downs that you go through. There’s this whole “I totally know what you’re talking about” thing that makes you feel better just because you know you’re not…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Up near Bar Harbor, Maine, is a little natural wonder called Bubble Rock. Supposedly, this magnificent rock balances on a precarious ledge, baffling geologists and physicists across the nation. Bubble Rock wasn’t the sole purpose of our trip to Maine that summer—we’d just picked a state to camp in. Bubble Rock was merely the attraction…