Mary’s Gift of Peace

“Gather my faithful ones before me, those who have made a covenant with me…” From Psalm 50:5 As I attempt to share a measure of Christmas Peace with those around me, Mary comes to mind. My mom was devoted to the Mother of Jesus and I cannot help sharing her affection for this amazing woman. … Continue reading

Share God’s Peace

Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord, and let your faithful ones bless you. Psalm 145:10 As I passed the calendar in our kitchen this morning, I was tempted to count the days until Christmas. Since my math skills allowed me to rely on subtraction rather than counting, I used the time saved … Continue reading

Come To Me…

Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 As I drove along the dark wintry road for a gathering at my parish, I longed for the days when I walked to church… The parish church of my childhood stood just a block down … Continue reading

Gift Them with Hope

Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Isaiah 35:4 Something nudged me toward the obituary section of the paper. Much to my surprise, I encountered the name of one of my former students. “How can this be?” I asked myself. “Robert is only 51.” As I recalled vivid memories of this … Continue reading

Nurture Their Hope

God will be gracious to you when you cry out; as soon as God hears, God will answer you. Isaiah 30:19 While I walked the mall with my husband, a long line of children waited to see Santa Claus. We chuckled about our sons’ first visits with the jolly old elf. As we continued our … Continue reading

Our Ever-Attentive God of Hope

We begin December with an ever-increasing list of demands. I find myself tackling the tasks at hand from the time I awake each morning to the time I retire each night. Though I thought I’d begun to prepare for Christmas earlier than usual, I suddenly find myself behind schedule. I was extremely excited to have … Continue reading