Renewal

Our family recently returned to Colorado after a ten-day road trip to visit family back in the midwest. It was a beautiful, harried mess of food and presents and family. I am grateful for every moment of the chaos. Our potty training two year old did great in the car; no sarcasm here, she really did better than we anticipated. On our final day of driving, she fell asleep just as we crossed back into Colorado. My husband and I turned Wheels on the Bus off the radio and we soaked in the quiet for a bit. Midwestern winters are grey, dreary, and so cold you can feel it in your lungs. The past week was no exception. The thermometer on the car barely got above 10 degrees all week. And as we crosse

Memories

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…a time to weep and a time to laugh……a time to keep and a time to throw away.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 Memory: A piece of information, such as the mental image of an experience, that is stored in the memory. Memory involves encoding, storing, retaining and subsequently recalling information and past experiences. Memories are strange critters. Helpful. Funny. Terrifying. Comforting. Sad. Sometimes repressed. Joyful. Troubling. Shadowy. Persistent or difficult to recall. Maybe totally different from the memory of someone who experienced the same experience as you. The longer you live the more memories you have. I live in a S

Soul Friend

I am struck this morning about the gifts of Celtic Christianity which are continuing to mean so much to me. As the New Year is just beginning I have recently lost a treasured friend to cancer. She had known for quite some time that she was dying. As she reflected on her life over the final several months she would talk to me about her life as, difficult but sprinkled with many gifts. Topping the list of those gifts was her family, most especially her husband. She spoke of his abiding love and consistent care. As the months passed she would repeatedly speak about the importance of being known – intimately. This was one of the meaningful treasures in her life…being known –intimately. I have b

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