A Prayer for the Childless Mother

For the childless mother, I pray-- For the women who bounce babies That are not their own. For the women who wipe little noses And kiss scraped knees-- Who love and nurture and soothe, Who educate and instigate And encourage and embrace The children she could never have. For the childless mother, I pray-- For... Continue Reading →

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Ascension Day Prayer

This is the day, dear Lord, when you were lifted away from us.  This is the day when our eyes turn toward the heavens, searching for some trace of you, gazing at the sun and the stars and the clouds, wondering when you will return.  But don't let me gaze to long at things not... Continue Reading →

Prayer For A New Week

Dear Lord, It is so easy to see you in the beauty of new life:  the laugh of a baby, the perfection of a flower in bloom, the sun reflecting on the smooth surface of a calm lake... But I want to see you in the faces of the people you came to save:  the... Continue Reading →

The Encouragement of Ducks

What is that? I squint into the darkness, trying to figure out what that thing bobbing in the river is.  I love the river at night.  Sometimes, when my soul is restless, the dog and I will walk down to the dock behind the municipal building and sit on the bench, watching the river gently... Continue Reading →

Lectio Divina and the Rhythm of Life

Life is hurried and we rush through it, buzzing from one activity and requirement to the next.  And all too often, along the way, something unpleasant gets tossed into the mix that stirs up our souls and causes us spiritual restlessness.  It's important that we make time in our lives for God to speak to... Continue Reading →

How to Meditate Like A Christian Pro

As I've been journeying through this Easter season, two themes have surfaced:  1)  Living out loud (or losing my Christian anonymity); and, 2) meditating on Christ. My decision to live out loud has driven me to take public stands on things I may have supported more anonomously.  Of course, when a person decides she will... Continue Reading →

Do We Really Want To Be Angry?

Just this week I saw a variation of this slogan on the bumper of a car in front of me in traffic.  And I couldn't help but shake me head.  Is this really how we want to be known as a country?  A nation filled with angry people?  A nation that thrives on outrage? Anger... Continue Reading →

I Wish I Could Meditate Like My Cat

Today, I was drawn into a very public, very childish argument on Facebook.  With someone I don't even know.   I'm not going to lie... this has not been my proudest moment.  It all began the way so many social networking arguments begin:  I commented on someone else's post about something I'm very passionate about.  Someone... Continue Reading →

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