“Are you doing okay?” a friend asked me. “Yes and no, ha,” an honest reply. “Why yes?” Hmmm, I think. “Good question…yes, because of faith and hope. Many blessings.” This might not be the typical are-you-okay-what’s-wrong? line of questioning one might expect, but good friends know what’s behind your “yes and no” already. Sometimes the… Continue reading Yes and No: The Seasons of Life
The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything. –Julian of Norwich Life is a paradoxical journey, embracing joy and sadness, light and darkness, birthing and dying, God in all and God within. This tension is held, sometimes with more trust than others. I find myself wondering in the tough times, is it really… Continue reading The Fullness of Joy
I heard the joyous greeting, “Happy Mother’s Day!”, many times this weekend. But I was thinking since it is the first of this holiday I have spent without my daughter, what makes a “happy” Mother’s Day? Although I would love to be with Jessica, what makes a Mother’s Day truly happy (and this mother’s heart… Continue reading What Makes a “Happy” Mother’s Day?
God can speak in so many ordinary ways, but, if one does not intentionally take notice, a lesson will surely be lost. For me, listening to my dreams and expressing myself creatively is when I am most aware of God’s presence. Recently, I had a dream that I was pregnant. I was not in… Continue reading Wherever God Dwells in My Heart
“Gentle” is going to be my word for 2017. I resolve to be gentle, excessively gentle. A new year’s resolution implies a determined effort to make a change, of which I certainly could consider—to be more patient and generous, to eat more healthful, to exercise, to lose weight. There is an endless list of shoulds,… Continue reading Be Excessively Gentle: A New Year’s Un-Resolution
A holy day has dawned upon us…for today a great light has come upon the earth. Alleluia and Merry Christmas! During Advent, we wait in darkness for the light of Christmas Day. We circle around the Advent wreath, igniting another candle each week. The Advent wreath symbolizes the coming of the birth of Jesus, the… Continue reading A Great Light Has Come Upon the Earth
“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” -Plato Singing is soulful. It is prayerful and it is powerful. I love to sing (in the privacy of my own car). I love to listen to others sing, from the liturgical chant of Benedictine monks to contemporary Christian artists. Whether it’s the melody… Continue reading Music as Prayer ♫ This Journey Is My Own