Simply Beautiful

For he is our God and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides. Psalm 95:7 I’ve just come in from the screened porch just beyond our family room. Every year, that porch houses a Christmas Tree. This tree reigns over an antiquated nativity set of which my husband and I are very … Continue reading

God’s Favor

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:30 I find great consolation in the Angel Gabriel’s words to Mary. It’s not that I consider myself to be as special as the Mother of Jesus. The truth is that I consider all of us to be worthy of God’s favor. … Continue reading

Light Up The World With Joy

You shall love your neighbor as yourself. From Matthew 22:19 As I strung lights around our Chritmas Tree, I remembered my mom doing the same half a century ago. My mom was perched on a small ladder in our living room. Our dad had passed away the previous July. Young as I was, I wondered … Continue reading

Fill Them With Joy

God will be gracious to you when you cry out; as soon as God hears, God will answer you. From Isaiah 30:19 It was early December during the year I was assigned to teach second grade. A little boy in my class Joey arrived at school in tears. It was the eve of St. Nicholas … Continue reading

God With Us

They laid them at his feet and he cured them… “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd.” From Matthew 15:30 My light-hearted Advent journey took a turn earlier today. It’s difficult to read about the miracles of Jesus when so many suffer in the here and now. Oddly, I deal with my own … Continue reading

Our Hope Morphs Into Joy

Last Sunday, I began my Advent journey with a heart filled with hope. I’d parted with a tiny village of Christmas houses which had been with my husband and me since our first Christmas together. Though I had second thoughts, I found the courage to leave them at the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store … Continue reading