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The Season of Joy and Living in Egypt

The Season of Joy and Living in Egypt

It is the season of joy. The Christ child has come, the divine become human, to bridge the chasm our God-rejection created. Holiness proffered by grace, atonement procured by suffering…hope secured for eternity. For me, personally, this season, the blessings abound. Time to read snuggled up with my children each day. A refrigerator stocked full […]

Attempts at Doing the Whole of the Gospel by a Partially-Gospel-Oriented Girl

Attempts at Doing the Whole of the Gospel by a Partially-Gospel-Oriented Girl

Sometimes the narrow way is just very, very difficult to discern. Even when you hear God’s voice and understand what He wants you to do, it’s usually a bit thorny to figure out precisely how to actually implement His will. Ya know, what with our sin and all. Let’s just take me, for example. Since […]

Part 6: The Power of Sex Gone Wrong

Part 6: The Power of Sex Gone Wrong

Read the other parts of this series here:   Part 1: Secular Sex Values: The New Standard for the World Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education, Secular Sex Coming to Your Children Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality: Sex Researcher Alfred Kinsey Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and Cultural Moral Transformation Part 5: The Power of […]

Do You Want to Get Well?

Do You Want to Get Well?

Pity Party It has been a week of abundant stress and limited resources. In so many areas, the “not working out” has outweighed the “going the way I want it”, “not enough” has seemed to outweigh the abundance, and disappointment has outweighed hope. It’s been the kind of week that makes me soul weary and […]

Moving, Losing, and Hope

Moving, Losing, and Hope

I don’t have a lot of really close friends. Oh yes, I’m an extrovert and I’m good in a crowd and can kibitz with the best of them at a gathering, but, ultimately, my really-good-friend circle is pretty small. My friend life is much more “an inch wide and a mile deep” than “a mile […]

3 Days

3 Days

July 31st, a new family celebration Your birthday, the day you were born. But another date looming, August 3rd, – shouldn’t be – A mere 3 days past, we now mourn.   Ephemeral, fleeting; life hardly started Wings clipped before learning to fly Potentiality abbreviated by finality; Hello truncated too soon by goodbye. 3 days […]

To Dominic on Your Birthday: The Measure of a Year

To Dominic on Your Birthday: The Measure of a Year

How do we measure a year? In birthdays. This one – your first – what does it measure? The ways we have loved you, without you, and how we have known pain unimagined, heartbreak, the stone cold hard reality of death at our door. Dreams ripped apart, theology torn Fists to the sky, fallen souls […]

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 […]