Merry Christmas from our families to yours! O, Come let us adore Him!
?I never saw today!? my son, then 4-years-old, exclaimed as he peered out the van window. There were some dark grey storm clouds ahead of us. Behind them was blue sky, with splashes of pink and gold. It was the beginning of sunset, and, evidently, my son had never seen the sky exactly like that […]
?Gem. Yes, that?s my name. G?E?M. It?s not a nickname. It?s not short for anything. My dad took one look at me when I was born and said, ?What a Gem!?? I?ve had this conversation more times than I can count. Most people follow?up my explanation with something like??Aaaaawww, how sweet!? ?It is sweet. […]
?Contemplative practice is a skill, a discipline that facilitates a process that is out of one?s direct control, but it does not have the capacity to determine an outcome. A gardener for example, does not actually grow plants. The gardener practices finely honed skills, such as cultivating soil, watering, feeding, weeding, pruning. But there is […]
?I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness, and the willingness to remain vulnerable.? (Anne Morrow Lindbergh) Such truth. The process about which Lindbergh speaks takes time. Each word she uses (mourning, […]
?If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.? (The Message) This is the fruit of Jesus giving His life for us. The resurrection enables us to find […]
Holy Saturday. The day between the crucifixion and the resurrection. It is the ultimate time of waiting without answers, hoping without evidence. Many of us have situations in our lives that are stretching us to the edge of patience. We don’t see the way out. It is the darkness of the in-between. Find a few […]