in the balance: living life emptied & filled

in the balance: living life emptied & filled

I’ve been struggling for words for days.  The right ones just didn’t come, and even still I’m not sure that these are right. Yet, at some point silence becomes words of another voice. So much violence has erupted in the past week in cities and states around the U.S. – shootings of intention and perhaps […]

5 things we can all do to change the world today

5 things we can all do to change the world today

It feels like the events of the last weeks are just too much – the tragedy in Orlando where 49 lives were cut way too short and countless more were affected instantaneously, the horror in Istanbul where men carry bombs dressed up in luggage and weapons for killing innocent lives without pause for human life but […]

Father’s Day reflections: loving the imperfections

Father’s Day reflections: loving the imperfections

In each of our minds, especially on a day like Father’s Day, there is probably a mental picture to describe the title of Dad or Father or Grandpa or whatever other name can be bestowed upon the pre-eminent male figure in your life. Maybe your memory is of an amazing man who was the rock for […]

seemingly insignificant: planting seeds of love in rocky soil

seemingly insignificant: planting seeds of love in rocky soil

I suppose that there comes a time in everyone’s life when they wonder if they’re significant.  Whether his or her life actually means something to someone. Whether or not there is some unique contribution that his or her life offers that may be of value. In my experience, there are so many more days where […]

tearing down the walls of fear: loving first

tearing down the walls of fear: loving first

My three young daughters are still big fans of the Disney movie Frozen.  So the music is often floating around our house daily, with little girl voices belting out the lyrics and little feet twirling around the furniture.  It’s amazing how quickly the words get stuck in my head and refuse to budge.  But that’s not entirely bad. […]

why holidays are hard: loving when love was lost

why holidays are hard: loving when love was lost

Holidays are hard.  Really hard.  And they really don’t seem to be getting any easier or less complicated. I’m not trying to be a Grinch or a Scrooge, honest!  I really do like giving gifts and trying to be thoughtful about giving them, rather than just buying anything and shoving it in some wrapping paper.  […]

love anyway.

love anyway.

Too often we see what we want to see in other people. We spend so much time focusing on the actions and appearances and choices of others, rather than on the love of God and the reflection of God in each person.  It’s so easy to get distracted by emotional reactions or by physical characteristics, […]

taking the road less traveled: answering God’s call, even when it’s unpopular

taking the road less traveled: answering God’s call, even when it’s unpopular

There comes a time, oftentimes more than once I’d think, when each of us comes to a crossroads in life, left with a choice of two directions in which to travel. As hard as we might try to look around the bends and see what lies ahead, which road will be the most fulfilling or […]

time to grow up hope

time to grow up hope

“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises […]

a love worth keeping

a love worth keeping

So listen, it’s Valentine’s Day again.  That day of romance and surprise and flowers and chocolate and maybe dinner out. Well, either I’ve been cheated out of these opportunities for Husband to express his adoring affection for me for the past many years of marriage and the 3 previous years of dating, or it really […]