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 […]

Can Coffee Make You Feel Closer to God?

It can happen beneath a starry sky, during a prayer of sincere thanks, upon hearing laughter spill from a tiny child, and almost always while watching the sun rise over the ocean:  heaven draws near.  I’ve been noticing the “thin places” all my life without having a name for them. While reading one of Shauna […]

Beauty Secrets from an Old House

Women sit or move to and fro, some old, some young, The young are beautiful – but the old are more beautiful than the young.” – Walt Whitman I remember reading these words by Whitman for the first time a couple of years ago.  As a thirty-six-year old mother, being neither very young nor very […]

Chasing Heaven

  When I was a child, The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, was my favorite book.  In it, a country cottage endures trials (urban sprawl), only to be transported, in the end, to her former life in the paradise of the countryside. The problem with my girlhood love of this book is that it […]

Be Gentle on Yourself

“ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’ ”  Luke 10: 41-42 Six months ago, my aunt sent me this beautiful collage card she made.  Inside she wrote, […]

Corduroy on Love

I Corinthians 13 is the famous “love chapter” of the Bible. Its poetry defines love in exquisite detail. I think Mark 10 deserves a similar designation: the “Jesus Loves Me” chapter. In it, right after we watch Jesus drawing the little children close and blessing them, we get to gaze at a person through Jesus’s […]

In the Beginning . . .

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 My five-year-old has been memorizing this verse this month, so it is written on the chalkboard near the breakfast table.  This morning, as the rain gently hit the windowpanes, I read this verse with new eyes.  Of course!  That is why I have […]

The Stars Will Still Shine

In this New Year, I’ve been slow to step away from the warmth of Christmas into the open expanse of January. It is silly, really, how I think in patterns. I felt somehow safe in the year 2014, because the pattern of that year had been an uplifting one. Now, I am outside its familiar bookends. […]