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
I thought it would be a little tacky to take a photo of a mother and child I didn’t know this morning in church. I was so tempted to sneak a cell phone shot and apologize later if caught. It was a tender, intimate moment that I wish could have been captured. But I… Continue reading A Mother’s Blessing
I don’t know nothin’. After trying to solve world problems, philosophizing and sharing his wisdom over a glass of wine at our kitchen table, my father-in-law, Marv, would exclaim, “What do I know? I don’t know nothin’.” He had thoughts and opinions (oh, yes, he did) and plenty of experience, but, self-admittedly, he knew he… Continue reading I don’t know nothin’.