Lent… 40 Days to Love

“If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.” Psalm 95:8 It is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent 2016. I have given much thought to my observance of this precious season. I habitually set aside these forty days to rekindle my personal relationship with Jesus of Nazareth. After all, his words … Continue reading

Ash Wednesday Eve

“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd. By now they have been with me for three days and have nothing to eat.” Mark 8:2 This Ash Wednesday Eve, I try to finalize my plans for Lent 2016. In years past, life has sometimes dictated my Lenten journey. Simply adjusting to the issues at … Continue reading

The Gift of Love

Only goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6 As my birthday approaches, my husband and sons share secretive emails marked “For Dad”. I find great pleasure in their efforts. All of this planning is far more valuable to me than any gifts they will eventually purchase. As I … Continue reading

Perfect In God’s Eyes

I’m reminiscing quite a bit these days. This is likely the result of my new role as caretaker for our grandson one day per week. Danny is a little guy who enjoys two daily naps. During these hiatuses from one another, Danny retreats to Dreamland and I retreat to Memory Lane. While I straighten up … Continue reading

One Family

“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the family’s leavings.” Mark 7:28 I grew up in an Irish and Italian neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago. Since only the tiniest drop of each bloodline flows through me, I had no preference for either group. The truth is that I envied them … Continue reading

God Bless Our Peacemakers

He has done everything well! He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak! From Mark 7:37 When I ran into a former teaching colleague the other day, we stopped to chat. We reminisced a bit about our old workplace and shared a few tidbits regarding former students who have grown into amazing adults. Convinced … Continue reading