Christmas dinner was finished and the presents unwrapped. My grandmother entered the room carrying a birthday cake with one candle flicking on top. She asked the family gathering of fourteen, “Whose birthday are we celebrating?” Continue reading “Recapturing the Wonder of Christmas”
‘Tis the season to wait. My family and I already waited in a long line at a Christmas Tree farm. At the mall on Black Friday, I ended up waiting in a line of three, but it might as well have been 13.
I know I should be patient and loving, Continue reading “When you’re waiting on God”
Periodically, I want to present ordinary people who are following Jesus but choosing a path different from mine or yours. This past week I sat down with Raymond Bond. Raymond was shot in a domestic violence dispute that left him blind. In addition to the blindness he had several familial addictions to overcome in his walk to freedom in Christ. Continue reading “Jesus Follower Q&A: Overcoming Domestic Violence and Addiction”
I lead a prayer group that meets every Tuesday. I love to hear these women pray. When we break into groups, the incense of prayer ascends all over the room. Sometimes I hear laughter, sometimes I hear weeping, Continue reading “Why we pray…”
My husband and I just returned from a dream trip to Italy. Sandwiched between our visits to Florence and Rome we took a train to the Cinque Terre towns bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Rising early the next morning to beat the crowds, Continue reading “A sacred encounter in an unremarkable place”
Three years ago today my mother passed away. Just months before she was in Tennessee celebrating my youngest graduate from high school. She seemed fine then.
But lung cancer stole her away quickly. Continue reading “When sorrow lingers”
No one wants to leave their trash out for others to see. Yet, one of my garbage cans is sitting at the curb the day after pickup. Once a week I lug the filled-to-the-brim garbage container to the top of the driveway. Some servant drives by Continue reading “Why we should deal with our sins”