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The 31st

The 31st

The 31st of March is Easter. And my birthday. And the day Dominic would have been 8 months old. Kind of a lot for one date. This Easter the concepts of life and death are just so very…poignant. The death of a son, the celebration of life, the redemption of suffering… This 31st, this Easter, […]

A New Understanding of Easter

A New Understanding of Easter

Easter has always been a time when I have tried to understand. I know the theology: Sin creating a chasm between a holy God and a fallen humanity Sin leading to death by virtue of being the opposite of God (because God is life) Only a perfect God, who was also fully human, in the […]

How the Easter Bunny Pointed Me to Jesus

How the Easter Bunny Pointed Me to Jesus

Yes, I know Easter is most certainly not about the Easter Bunny. I don’t want anything to take the place of Jesus, and what He did on the cross at Easter, and normally the Easter Bunny does just that. But there is an exception. Our Easter Bunny – My Mimi. Margaret Sims, or Molly, as […]

My Letter to Mimi

My Letter to Mimi

Today, March 25, 2013, my beloved grandmother left us for heaven. She was healthy and young in spirit until the moment a cerebral hemorrhage took her away. I need to write to process her loss, but for now, I am just thankful that I had the opportunity to tell her just what she meant to […]

Easter’s Message of…Not Tolerance

Easter’s Message of…Not Tolerance

I hate tolerance. Wikipedia (the source for all things cultural, of course), defines tolerance as “a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.” The United Nations’ Declaration of Principles on Tolerance defines tolerance as “respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich […]

Windows in the NICU

Windows in the NICU

Before, Dominic, I’d never been to the Neo-natal Intensive Care unit (NICU) in my life. After Dominic, I never wanted to go to the NICU again in my life. God had a different plan. Doesn’t He always? I continue to be left breathless in amazement from the ways the Lord has shown Himself to me […]

The Ways of the Lord are Right

The Ways of the Lord are Right

I’m just always amazed by how much the Lord speaks through scripture when I’m actually paying attention. I would wager that making me pay attention might be the biggest spiritual benefit for me from Dominic’s death. Recently I’ve been reading the book of Hosea. Yes, I referenced these verses in an earlier post, but Hosea […]

Discipline, Punishment, and Wedding Dresses

Discipline, Punishment, and Wedding Dresses

Bad circumstances in life do not tend to bring out the best theology in me. For example, I know that the Lord did not cause or allow my baby to die to punish me. I know He is good, and He works for my good, in all circumstances. Regardless, there are times when that Job’s-friends’-retribution-theology […]

Meeting My Milk Baby

Meeting My Milk Baby

I got to meet my Milk Baby this week. Lest you’re confused, let me clarify that this is different from Therapy Baby. Yes, I know, I’m racking up kind of a lot of babies that are pretty daggone significant in my life, but aren’t really mine. Milk Baby is the child to whom I’ve been […]