First Love

Sometimes— when the world is on fire, when we melt- down into a desperate stew of raw emotion to the tipping point of ruins and ashes— despair closes over us, but there is hope, full and perfect, constant and beautiful, the Light of the world and Redeemer of all surrendered, and He  calls those whoContinue reading “First Love”

Remembrance

The concentration of lights  made the darkness louder, crescendoing in shadows on each side.  I focused on one image, the loneliest  of the ornaments, hanging by itself, a story that I know and hold deeper than my other  memories… tucked, safe, covered in layers of love, a remembrance that remains  secluded, nestled in my  mommy-heart.Continue reading “Remembrance”

Grace Rolling in Like Waves

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul. — Horatio G. Spafford, 1873 There are those moments  when you bathe in humility,  not the kind that stings because you are embarrassed,Continue reading “Grace Rolling in Like Waves”

Two Together

I got lost in a moment, watching you hook a worn but treasured ornament on our little Christmas tree. I fell into thoughts of all  the holidays we have been  a family of two, together in this home. I let myself  imagine those pajama-clad  children padding toward us on Christmas morning, those little ones weContinue reading “Two Together”

A Thanksgiving Psalm

What graciousness is given to us, all God’s creatures — this earth, a bounteous land  filled with mountains and seas,  filled with green fields and trees, filled with full blooms that offer an incense, pleasing to us  and to Him who gave His all  for us, He who is all. Glory  be to our God,Continue reading “A Thanksgiving Psalm”

A Grateful Love

Love that suspends ego, lets go the bitter renderings of past wrongs, forgives seven times and then seventy times seven more. Love that covers others with mercy — clothing, feeding, sheltering those with needs even to the point of sacrifice. Love that listens to the grief, holds vigil during times of illness and death, andContinue reading “A Grateful Love”

Surrender

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. — James 4:10 What gentle love  does our God pour  down upon us?  What kind expression  does His Spirit bestow?   What strong protection  does our Father set  in hedges all around us?   It is the perfect charity  of grace,Continue reading “Surrender”