Life Is Precious

“Every Life counts: from the beginning to the end, from conception to natural death.”  Pope Francis, on January 19, 2018 posted this on Twitter.  Today, January 22, is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.  According to the United States...

Threshold Ponderings

As we still stand on the threshold of a new year I would venture to say that most of us breathed a huge sigh of relief when we turned the calendar over to 2021, and yet, in many ways, we still carry 2020 with us.  COVID-19 is still here.  Racial injustice and...

Oak Tree

Oak Tree I am holding on to my leaves like a cloak protecting me from the freeze.   I’m not read to let go to bare myself to be vulnerable to the next season.   But I know in time I will have no choice my covering will drop and I will be exposed.  ...

WHY DO WE NEED THE CHRISTMAS SEASON?

It seems it is customary in our culture, to remove the Christmas tree, Christmas decorations both indoors and out as quickly as possible after December 25.  Perhaps this year it will be different.  Most Christian Traditions celebrate Christmas beyond December 25. ...

Lean In Toward the Light

The people living in darkness have seen a great light; On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.  Mt. 4:16   “Today is now, tomorrow beckons. Lean in toward the light. Keep practicing the resurrection.” ¹  Carrie Newcomer I don’t...

Solstice

We are close to the time of the autumn/winter solstice.  That word comes from two Latin roots which mean “sun” (sol) and “stand” (sistere). So the imagery is that of the sun coming to a stop or standing on the day with the shortest amount of daylight.  It is as though...

The Light Shines

“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” - John 1:5 God speaks to us in many ways, often through God’s own creation. I tell my cat, Bunny, that she is the sun creature.  Every time she awakens from one of her numerous naps she moves to...

Grief Unobserved

Some 50 years ago, C.S. Lewis published a slim volume entitled, A Grief Observed which chronicled his painful journey of loss following the death of his beloved wife, Joy. “There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me.  I find it hard to take in what...

Little Lyleigh

Little Lyleigh was born in June of 2019.  She is the daughter of my son and his wife. Her birth made me a grandma.  Being a mom took time, a lot of practice, trial, and error.  Becoming a grandma was different; I fell right into the role, lying on the floor with...

The Best Part of the Day

Once upon a time, when traveling was a thing that people could do without worrying about inadvertently taking COVID-19 along for the ride, I drove up to Ashland early on a Sunday morning to join my boyfriend and his six-year-old daughter, who had been vacationing on...

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