Enduring Love

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. – 1 Thessalonians 4:13

Mom H. loved me. It was a choice she made when I was a sullen 10-year-old who refused to make friends. She didn’t know I had erected a wall (more…)

Giving Thanks in All Circumstances

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

We think of Thanksgiving as a time to give thanks for our blessings, but sometimes the holidays don’t bring to mind thoughts of abundance. They instead remind us of loss and want.

The empty chair that just a year ago was filled. That familiar (more…)

The Lonely Days

Most of our lives are spent in the busy days. The days of mostly eating and sleeping lead to the days of mostly discovering and playing, leading to the days of school and activities, leading to the days of friend-centered dependence-independence, leading to the days of complete independence, leading to the days of marriage, leading to the days of children, and (more…)

Right Where I Want You

Sometimes I wish I could look upon all your faces because, honestly, the life of a writer can be demanding and isolating – in a word, lonely. I stare endlessly at a computer screen and piles upon piles of printed notes. The occasional face-to-face meeting is such a welcome change that I inevitably dress up, even if those I’m meeting are (more…)

Joy in the Mourning

The light of Christmas shines dimly for many around the world. It is a time of want. It is a time of persecution. It is a time of grief. It is a time of loneliness. Comfort seems so distant. Words seem so empty – except these:
Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. (Psalm (more…)