Squeaky wheels and birds in bushes

My father-in-law knew all the idioms that have become American Proverbs. The squeaky wheel gets oil. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Don’t cry over spilt milk. You have to know when to which. I didn’t always understand them or how they fit but he seemed to pull one out for every situation. Do you remember the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Remember...

Heal me!

I expect we’ve all prayed for healing. Mostly for others. We pray for God to heal a grandparent of cancer. We pray for healing for a church member or our neighbor. Some days it seems we’re surrounded by people who need the healing touch of Jesus. Can I confess to you that I think my prayers for healing are a bit half-hearted? That’s not something a person of faith should...

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...

He Names Miracles

It is the ordinary that God turns into extraordinary. The ordinary day, ordinary word, ordinary photo. Every year we take pictures of the residents of our Center and hang them on the Christmas tree in the activity room. A simple grade school project of gluing the photo to a construction paper background, punching two holes to thread ribbon through and hang. I’m not sure why we started doing this. It...

In the big yellow house by the lake

It was a week set aside for good things. Good weather, good friends, good words, new experiences that would mark our lives and leave us marked by the good we’d experienced. Instead, it started with change and sadness. Then it rained chasing our outdoor plans inside. Schedules started bumping into each other and expectations were realized when they weren’t met. Feelings were hurt and sleep was lost and anxiety crept...

Be Healed

I’ve heard folks talk about family and friends being healed. A grim diagnosis had been given, people prayed, new test revealed no illness, no disease. No explanation from doctors. They’d been healed.   A couple of years ago my sister-in-law called with a prayer request. Her neighbor, her friend’s newborn, first born, wasn’t expected to live. Too many health complications. It was critical. She had days, maybe hours. I could...

Family Secrets

“This devaluing of what is important almost always underlies the development of family secrets, as well as contributing to dependency and codependency to have someone in the family responsible for another’s irresponsibility.” – Secrets of Your Family Tree; Dave Carder, M.A., Dr. Earl Henslin, Dr. John Townsend, Dr. Henry Cloud, Alice Brawand, M.A. Eleanor Rigby streamed through the car radio as my fingers pushed buttons searching for some sound. That...