Making Space for Loss

During this season of Advent and anticipation, I always pause to remember our miscarriage. How our plans suddenly weren’t perfect. How I learned to grieve something defined as “normal” and that happens to more than half of all pregnancies. I learned to grieve a loss that hadn’t even been joyously announced yet. When we decided […]

Pausing in the In-Between

It was a day like any other day in the life-long ministry of Zacharias the priest. With Elisabeth’s goodbye kiss still warm on his cheek, he went about his business, reporting for duty in his scheduled commitment to serve in the Temple. It was a day like no other day when the honor of entering […]

When the Refugee Crisis Costs Me Something

“Your turn,” Asha called from across the lawn. She hoisted herself out of the peddle car she had been “driving” around our large circular driveway, then lifted her four-year old from the back of the contraption. He’d been clinging to his mom while she zoomed down the driveway. I made my way past the old […]

Three Ways to Pause and REJOICE!

Tomorrow is the third Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of joy. All of the assigned readings for the day reflect that spirit, that ineffable whatever-it-is, that deep-down sense that all is right with the world, even when things may not be objectively right in any way. I can’t think of a better Sunday to take […]

Blessed Interruptions

“Sure,” I said to my husband, “that sounds like fun. We don’t have a lot else going on that month.” And just like that, we agreed that we would pull the kids out of school for a week and accompany him on a business trip. It would be an adventure. It would take a little […]