Tag: God

My Darkness Into Light

It’s true that when it rains, it pours. Or maybe in the midst of great loss, when we are at our most raw and vulnerable, we feel things with greater clarity but less coping skills. I don’t know. But I can tell you that in this month of sorrow, life has gone on. Annie graduated Pre-K, which means come the Fall, I’ll have three … Read More My Darkness Into Light

Today is Yom HaShoah

One year when I was a 10th grade teacher, my colleagues and I built a heck of a unit around Elie Wiesel’s holocaust memoir, Night. We were so proud of that unit as we planned it. The novel was the centerpiece. Then there were ancillary short stories, movie clips from Band of Brothers, Schindler’s List, The Devil’s Arithmetic. We wrote quizzes and essay prompts … Read More Today is Yom HaShoah

How do we get The Talk right?

I was having coffee with a mom friend of mine and the subject of sex and chastity came up. Her son is 12 and Gabe is 10 and Kate is 8 and while she’s early for all this, some of her girlfriends are wearing bras. So far, we’ve covered just the facts, ma’am, with both of our older kids. I wish I had a … Read More How do we get The Talk right?

I have this cross

I try to walk with a “Thy Will Be Done” attitude, but I am telling you as a cancer survivor, the days surrounding the six month testing appointment challenge my resolve. The appointments don’t loom on my calendar like they do for some, but you better believe I feel them coming. I don’t sleep as well. I’m irritable. And I rediscover my hereditary gift … Read More I have this cross

It’s What We Need

I don’t know what to say and I am not alone. There are only so many ways to write “Love each other” before we all start sounding like a Beatles songs, after they started doing the hallucinogenics. So instead, I want to show you something. In the Catholic church, we use a lectionary for the readings at church. The lectionary is a book that … Read More It’s What We Need

When an Apology is Not

Not all apologies are created equal. As Rhett Butler said to Scarlett “”You’re like the thief who isn’t the least bit sorry he stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he’s going to jail.” I recently read an article that talked about the difference between remorse and repentance. Remorse is when we cause someone pain and feel guilty and will do anything to make our … Read More When an Apology is Not

Grace Walking

It isn’t often that grace walks around on two feet in this world. But grace is walking in Charleston. Felicia Sanders played dead in a puddle of her son’s blood. He died. She survived to offer mercy to his killer. Nadine Collier’s 70 year old mom went to that bible study and didn’t come back. Nadine offered forgiveness. Bethane Middleton Brown’s sister was killed, … Read More Grace Walking

Mother of mothers

I’ve always had a complicated relationship with Mary. It gets less complicated as I get older. Motherhood has made her more real to me. After Dana’s post about the spoons, I wondered if Mary ever ran out of spoons. A two year old is a two year old is a two year old, right? Plus there’s the business of the missing teenage years. Part of … Read More Mother of mothers

Surrender to the Hope

A few weeks ago, a friend told me that the death of her child happened for a reason. When I asked her what she meant, she told me that she believed God was teaching her a lesson by taking her child. That she had done something in the past that had “earned” this pain. Like what, I wanted to know. I don’t know she … Read More Surrender to the Hope

Come As You Are

I’ve been trying to write this post about the Drummer Boy and folks who don’t go to church because they think they aren’t good enough. It wasn’t working. I was trying too hard to say the right words. So here are the true words instead. My favorite Christmas song is “The Little Drummer Boy”. I like it because it’s a song for the outcasts. … Read More Come As You Are

For Meg

If you follow us on Facebook, you know we have been praying for Meg, a friend of Amy’s who was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with her second daughter. Just a few, too short weeks ago, she found out that her cancer was back, stage 4, aggressive. Elle is 5. Baby Cora is four months. Sam is their daddy. I don’t know Meg. But … Read More For Meg

Heart Warrior ~ Guest Post by Shalimar Niles

You know when you meet someone and they radiate calm kindness and patience? The kind that actually calms your own heart just from being in their presence? Meet our new friend Shalimar. She is one of Kate’s Girl Scout troop leaders and I was amazed by her before I heard the story she’s about to tell. We invited her here because this woman’s life … Read More Heart Warrior ~ Guest Post by Shalimar Niles

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