Remembering you…

So, Mother’s Day is a sweet one. Memories kind of fill the air on this day as we stop and remember our moms, and being a mom, and the mom-figures in our lives. And it’s a day to celebrate the incredible gift that it is to be a mom and to have a mom. But…this year..am especially aware of so many who have an ache right around now. That ache is a  pit-in-the-stomach, ache-in-the-heart, kick-in-the-gut kind of feeling that comesRead more

When Grief Rushes In…

When grief rushes in like a raging river When grief whispers into my aching soul When grief invades like the chill of winter When grief barges in and takes a hold… I will run I will run to the sanctuary I will come To the One who calls to the weary I will run I will come to the sanctuary I will fall at the feet Of the One who loves me.   I will run I will come IRead more

…a few thoughts on ties…

Sometimes, we have absolutely no idea what  people around us are going through.  Whether they be close friends and family, or strangers, it’s amazing how the littlest of things can form bonds, ties that bind, that make a big difference.  I was reminded of that tonight, so on this Thankful Thursday, I just wanted to share of how I’m thankful for God’s gentle reminders to trust Him with where He leads and to be thankful for and aware of the peopleRead more

NO MORE…

“NO MORE.”  The 72 year-old woman said the words as clear as a bell, and her daughter understood her loud and clear. She put down the spoon that held the food that she was offering her mother.  Her mother had been stricken with Parkinson’s nearly 15 years ago.  From the stories I have heard, this precious woman endured those years with grace, tenacity, and courage. A woman with a doctorate in education, she had invested in many schools and countlessRead more

Just Passing Through…

I went to school in a rush today, and left behind me a wake of needs answered and needs unmet.  I walked into work with a myriad of needs to be addressed, some ordinary, some extra.  I checked things off the list, and tried to be “all there” in the midst of putting out this fire or that, checking off this list or that.  And at 11:00, it hit me.  The funeral was today. A teacher who had retired hadRead more

Never Forgotten

sometimes when we least expect it, we have little reminders of those we have lost Reminders that make us remember and smile, and appreciate the beauty that was not lost but that is just now hidden from our view Like forget-me-nots that emerge from the ground in the Spring these memories emerge from our hearts and we remember those who are never forgotten and appreciate the beauty of their presence in our lives even though they aren’t seen in fullRead more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ “Symmetry”

I love Bridges.  They kind of make you aware that you’re on your way to reaching a destination.  There’s the beginning.  There’s an ending, and there’s an in between. They are metaphors for so many things, and one of those is the journey that begins with the loss of a loved one.  And that is what the following poem is about…with a bridge as the metaphor. The Bridge of Grief An ending………………………………………………….A beginning A bridge between the two. The distanceRead more

Clinging to Hope ~ a few thoughts on the book of Habakkuk

I love the book of Habakkuk in the Bible.  I love it for a lot of reasons. One of the reasons, to be honest, is because it’s short.  You can get a full grasp of beginning to end in one sitting.  I love it because it’s real.  Habakkuk is questioning God on some things.  Questioning without doubting…that’s an important distinction.  I also love the book because it ends up with this beautiful verse that is often quoted: “Though the figRead more