Reflections

AND Sunday is Coming: Reflecting on Redemption

(why a simple conjunction word makes all the difference) Good Friday of 2014 I was in the hospital for surgery to remove the fetus from my womb who had passed away few weeks earlier. At the time, with all the irony of the religious season, I compared it to being a living Tomb, one that would […] Read more…

Ordinary-extraordinary Pottery

Extraordinarily Ordinary

A Reflection on Romans 9:20-21 Recently, a friend who learned of our challenges in 2014 encouraged me to read Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty.  While I am enjoying the book a great deal, the verses at the end of the chapters offer a whole additional element to my savoring of the story.  […] Read more…

A Letter of Gratitude to 2014

Dear 2014, You were a year with a number of life stressors which put my husband and me dangerously high on the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale.  Although in the midst of this, I realize the heightened importance of using the gift of gratitude to combat cynicism and protect my joy.  Among the dross that […] Read more…

The Second Half…

  “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver Something about turning 40 ignited a huge shift in my perspective.  It occurs to me that this may be the often touted “mid-life crisis” – though I would change the word “crisis” to “transition” – a mid-life […] Read more…

Evaluating When to “Let it Go”

Life has determined it may be time to let go of some things, and rather than viewing it resistantly as an unpleasantry, I am choosing to view it as an opportunity.  An opportunity to reevaluate in life the objects, dreams, and entitlements (like how I spend my time or money) that I am choosing to fill my well of desires.  An opportunity […] Read more…

When I Touch the Fringe of His Cloak

This morning, I was reading in Matthew 9 about the hemorrhaging woman who touched the fringe of Jesus’ cloak and had Him turn to her and proclaim that through her faith, she was healed.  Being a woman who occasionally finds value in engaging the imagination in contemplative practices, I took the opportunity to put myself […] Read more…

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