Grief and Lent

Lent is the forty-day period that precedes Easter observed by many Christians. The premise of Lent is that it is a time of spiritual...

Poured Love

At a Holy Week service one year, the meditation included a powerful reference to the ancient ritual of foot washing, “Then he poured...

Whole Life

During my husband’s relatively short illness my hope was entirely of the moment, tethered to the long odds of healing and a cure. After...

Reconciliation

Though for some it seems like a thankless task, from time to time most of us sit down to try to reconcile our finances. We balance the...

The Orphans

The Dallas Arboretum is an urban oasis of both natural and man-made beauty on the banks of a lake not far from downtown. This beautiful...

The Noise of Christmas

On a museum visit one summer, an exhibit I especially wanted to see was strategically located in a remote corner on the top floor. Perhaps...

Into the Woods

In the first chapter of Luke we read, “By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to...

Forgetting

Even if we have done the work of forgiveness, when the dying coals of pain, bad memories, and negative experiences are fanned to life by...

Forgiving

When we grieve, the holidays can seem like a kaleidoscopic emotional blur. Our spirit spins. Deep within our being we feel the chaotic...

A Future

When life as we know it has been brought to a standstill by the death of one we love, the future we once imagined, perhaps even relied upon...

Seeing Eyes

On a rainy Tuesday afternoon in December, I attended the funeral of a woman whose husband I knew and wanted to support. He was an adoring,...

Collective Grief

In our present society, we’re continuously confronted with acts of violence that are at once shocking and simply unimaginable. The...
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