Our spring is coming

They are telling us that we'll be here until spring.  Who would have thought that we'd be here, in this place, longer than we would be home in the time span of a  year?  It could end up being a total of 8 or 9 months. They tell us we'll be living a "new normal." [...]

An Unexpected Gift

This place so far from home, the one we live in close to the hospital some may call isolation but we call it holy ground. It's a new normal.  A place stripped of most of our possessions but here in the quiet we have found God to be more than enough. His presence is often [...]

Bless and be thankful continually

"We bless you, Lord." I heard those words flow out of the mouth of someone praying once. And those four words got me thinking. Does God need our blessing? I know I need his blessing.  I need his blessing to live. I'm blessed when I inhale my first breath of morning air. I'm blessed with [...]

Celebrate!

Red, white and blue.  I've seen it everywhere this past week. If you live in the USA, you have too. There are flags waving, crepe paper adorning, patriotic symbols flashing, celebration of the 4th. of July, our independence day, the birthday of America ring out across our land. And the celebration continues into Sunday, July [...]

Sometimes We Need To Go Back Before We Can Move Forward

We had a large lilac bush behind my childhood home.  Every spring when I fill a vase with lilacs, their fragrance transports my thoughts back to that house where many special memories were made. Memories.  We all have them.  Some good, some not so good but they're stored somewhere deep within our brains.  Just like [...]

And Then He Speaks Peace

It had been a rough few days. They were cowering behind locked doors. They couldn't wrap their minds around what happened. Broken hearts. Trying to comprehend. But it was incomprehensible. Afraid. Afraid to move. Afraid of the future. Afraid to hope again. Then he came. The one they followed. Their leader. He could have said: [...]

Come for all things are ready

I was waiting for the call, the invite, the day, the time and place. A group of old friends, some of us knowing each other from kindergarten through high school, reconnected and a dinner date was in the works. The woman organizing the evening promised to call me as soon as all the arrangements were [...]