Rescued and Redeemed

  I saw his grizzled face, breadcrumbs around his dry mouth, as he offered a smile that looked genuinely happy to see me. I returned the smile that probably showed more concern than joy. He didn’t look well, not like the last time I saw him. He was much thinner, unkempt, but his eyes eager to be seen, to be welcomed ‘home’. He’s not the only one I’ve seen worse...

Simple Questions Only

Phylis wouldn’t stop at one question. There would be follow up after follow up, her interest in people was astounding. I don’t remember her specific questions but I know she knows all about my life and I know a lot about hers. We met when she was our children’s fifth grade teacher. Curiosity and teaching are the perfect blend. How does one teach without first asking questions? Our friendship developed...

A Collision

They were lined up at our front door, tiny princesses and super heroes, their plastic pumpkins extended with the greeting, “Trick-or-treat”. While we oohed and aahed and feigned fright at their costumes,  while we added to their candy haul more than any parent would welcome at other times of the year, In the background, commercials on the television were advertising Christmas. This is the time of year when holidays speed...

At the end of the day

Is this summer really busier than most or were slower summers just seen through hazy-want-it-to-be-so memories? Summers when our kids were young seemed to stretch on with long days in the pool and road trip vacations out west. Then they started going to sleep-away-camps and working all summer at camp and summers got hotter and hurried to fit it all in. Children add the pauses in life. Appreciated only with...

Stumbling through another Father's Day

Who ever knew these holidays, the ones to honor our mothers and fathers, could be the toughest of all. Hallmark doesn’t make a card for “The Dad Who Has Everything…..including a drug addiction and jail time.” Or, “Thank you mom, the best thing you could have done was put me in the foster home. I’ll always remember you for that.” Walking through the church doors the greeter would ask, red...

The scary and the safe

The message was about running away from God. Claire’s post in SheLovesMagazine was about hiding from God. Two days, two words about God and our inclination to hide from him, to run away when he calls. Like children when they know they’ve been caught, Adam and Eve hid from God when they went against his will. Their Creator who walked with them in the evening, who had fellowship with them...