Category Archives: Hard Grace

A Lenten Storm

It seemed too early in the morning for the sky to be so ominous and yet as I sat in my favorite chair watching the world awaken outside my window, I could not help but notice the warning in the air.  It appeared this first day of March would be roaring in as a lion.  […]

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O Holy Night

Oh holy night…the words fade softly into the dark surrounding me.  It is 3:00am and I am sitting here on the couch enveloped in the soft glow of lights from the Christmas tree perched in the corner.  I am welcoming the advent of this day earlier than most but it seemed more prudent to wrestle […]

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Digging Holes or Building Bridges

I watched it.  I didn’t want to but I could not turn away. She was 19 years old and her crime was saying she didn’t want to get married.  It doesn’t sound like a crime – at least not here.  Still and yet, this place what she called home had turned its proverbial back and […]

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15 years and still counting…

Today marks an anniversary many of us wish was never on our calendars.  15 years and the strange thing is it feels as if not a day has passed.  And yet, so many have. Moments fade into memories.  On most days, I can barely fight to remember what happened yesterday. Today, I wrestle with the […]

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Fringe or Fake

I read these words of John Paul Jackson today, “our wholeness depends on our closeness with the Creator.”  We will never, my friends, be whole until we allow the One who created us to define us. As long as we seek to find our worth in the acceptance of people, things and statuses we will […]

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