This Blog’s Being

One of my favorite shows is Syfy’s “Being Human.” The premise sounds a little silly when you say it out loud, but it is about three room mates–a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost. In spite of their “nature,” they are trying to live a normal life. A life where they fight against their animal (or in Sally’s case–ghostly) instincts and do the best they can to be good, productive citizens of Boston. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don’t. And isn’t that what we all are trying to do? Most of us, anyway. Live a good life. Be a  good person. Have a positive influence in the world. Unfortunately, “Being Human” has run its last episode, but I still want to reflect what those two words encompass.

I like to think of life as a grand experiment. Looking at emotions, pains, experiences, etc. through the lens of what it means to “be human,” it helps put this thing called life into perspective. And part of that being human is a battle between good and evil, or to be less dramatic, doing the best we can in a world where that isn’t always easy.

So this is where I will record my rants and reactions to what it means to be human in this temporal place. Perhaps what I’m putting out there can help another. Perhaps it will cause someone to consider something from a different point of view. And I’ll look forward to hearing from you as well, if you feel so inclined. In any case, thanks for reading.

Who am I? I live in Moorhead, Minnesota, and am a pastor at a Lutheran church in Fargo, North Dakota, just across the Red River. My husband and I have four boys together, two are mine, two are is, making all four ours. But we are now getting used to an empty nest.

In my professional life, I have been a graphic designer and writer. I founded and was the editor-in-chief of “The Village Family Magazine,” a local parenting publication that existed from 1996-2015. At age 50, I switched careers and am enjoying the ministry of Word and Sacrament (all you churchy people out there will know what that means). My prayer is that all I say and do (and blog) will be to the glory of God.

About the artwork: This amazing pencil drawing was a birthday gift to me from my sister, Cindy. It is from Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s statue of the Madonna found in the Sienna Cathedral. She has a hauntingly beautiful expression as she looks heavenward. Check more of my sister’s work by going to her Facebook page: Cindy Kopenhafer Artist, www.facebook.com/CindyKopenhafer

Cindys pencil drawing