Belonging

I stood behind the heavy, dark doors wondering what awaited me on the other side. Tossing up one of many silent prayers, I sheepishly stepped into the already crowded room. Would I recognize any of the faces staring back at me? Would I be offered a place to sit? Would conversations come easily, or would... Continue Reading →

How Do You Compare?

The word failure dangles within my sight. I reach out and take hold of it, knowing it belongs to me. Its presence so strong, my eyes refuse to focus on anything else. I don’t see progress. Or second chances. And certainly not grace.  I only see failure. It follows me around throughout my day, clinging... Continue Reading →

Everyday is a Gift

The house, noiseless. The room, dimly lit by a single table-top lamp. Throughout our home, everyone is resting comfortably, unmindful of anything but the hush of the night. All is as it should be - a seemingly quiet, peaceful night. I hold a precious baby girl in my arms as she sleeps soundly on my... Continue Reading →

Choosing to See

I lie here in the silence, darkness surrounding me. Only moments ago I was sleeping soundly. No dreams. No restlessness. From a deep sleep to wide awake, nothing but seconds separating the two. I steal a glance at the clock … 4 a.m. Why am I suddenly awake? My mind immediately goes to Elijah. Oh,... Continue Reading →

Handling the Hard Times

I’ve been mostly silent these past few months. Pulling back, withdrawing, keeping to myself more than usual. That’s what I do when life gets hard, and right now, life is hard. My grandson, Elijah, has been in the hospital nearly three months. This precious blonde headed, blue-eyed, energetic two year old boy needs a new... Continue Reading →

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