Selah

Selah:  a pause during which to reflect  I experienced Selah last Thursday—both the definition above and the two-year-old girl version.  My lifelong friend was moving, so I had the privilege of watching her wispy-curled, rosebud-mouthed, Shirley Temple look-a-like, Selah!  Keeping a two-year-old put my normal productivity on pause.  We played with the nesting doll and […]

Hope for the Flowers

I glimpse wings from the window of my bedroom and walk outside for a closer look.  I’d read that Gregg’s Blue Mistflower was a butterfly magnet, but this?  Six pairs of wings! I drop to my knees, snapping pictures.  The monarchs fold their wings like praying hands while sipping.  Then, effortlessly, they flutter above my […]

A Heavenly Valentine

My sister, Amy, is a cosmetologist.  She once had a boss at a barber shop who daily criticized the women who worked there.  “You should wear more make-up,” he’d tell one.  “You really need to dye your hair,” he’d tell another. Venting, one of Amy’s coworkers said, “He thinks his opinion is fact!” With that […]

Swaddled in a Christmas Coat

The first time I heard “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton, when I was just a girl, it struck me so deeply I began to cry.  I ran downstairs, with urgency, to tell my mother how much I loved her. Do you remember that song?  Dolly’s family was poor, so someone dropped off a […]

The Wings of Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul . . .                                           Emily Dickinson I was struggling with contentment.  The city felt crowded, scary, and full of sadness.  My husband works hard to provide this lovely old home in a safe neighborhood, but I was having trouble being grateful.  As usual, I was […]