Category: Offering HOPE

A Story of Resiliency, Integrity, and Community

Each generation must find its way amidst cultural changes, clashes and conflicts. Carolina and Mauricio had to do this in the new novel, PRAIRIE TRUTH (just released). Reading a good historical novel not only gives the reader momentary escape, but paints a colorful picture and historical perspective that helps to clarify the conflicts of today.…

Be Still and Know

During the month of April we are Celebrating:

  • National Poetry Month
  • Lent/Easter
  • and Spring!

Take time to experience, appreciate, and meditate on Re-awakenings and Renewal:

  • in Nature all around us;
  • in our Relationships to God and each other;
  • of our Spiritual Life and Eternal Hope.

    Reading inspirational poems can help you focus, “be still and know.”

Holy Week Longings

Some of us feel overcome by a sense of failure, helpless yearnings, and hopeless waiting. During the gathering darkness leading to the Crucifixion, it’s hard to see the Light, feel the Hope, hold onto Courage.

With Palm Branches Waving

Jerusalem, the City of Peace where there was no peace, the City of the King that had no true king.
But as Jesus and his disciples—accompanied by a large crowd—made their way to the city for Passover, something happened.

Sweet Sorrow at Christmas

Hidden behind all the glitter, many people feel the pangs of sadness and loneliness more acutely during the Christmas season. If you have experienced a great loss at Christmastime, the holiday season awakens that grief again.

After the Storm: Creation Heals

  It seems God created this world with the capacity for healing built into it. I remember Kiki, my pediatrician friend, saying that she almost enjoyed it when she got a cut or other minor injury on a finger, because watching it heal was such a wonder. I took this statement from Kiki with a…

Life As a Journey

“Does the road wind up-hill all the way?” “Yes, to the very end.” “Does the day’s long journey take the whole long day?” “From morn to night, my friend.” This poem by Christina Rossetti has often given me encouragement to keep stepping onward and upward on my own life’s journey. Just recently, Rossetti’s poem came…

A Tale of Two Creeks

What stories these creeks could—and do—tell: of community…of clashing and contrasting worldviews, lifestyles, and civilizations…of promises and lies, of seeking and finding, of celebrating and mourning. A tale of two creeks, two stories of the land, the people, the times—reminding us that God is with us, working in seen and unseen ways to bring good out of rocks and ruins. Even though the Waters of Life seem at times to flow only in a trickle, or hidden underground, they will never stop until the day finally comes when all things are made new.

Grace to Mothers and Fathers Grieving Aborted Babies

Mother’s Day is painful for many people, for the bereaved, the childless, and those who suffer from post-abortion grief. Not long so, my husband and I visited a friend in his home. Though he’s been married more than once, he has no children. Speaking of that fact, he got a little misty-eyed. Then he pointed…

A Child’s Poetic Expression of Faith on Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday As we say, as we sing, Glory to the King Almighty. Glory, Let us sing, let us say Christ has risen from the grave! The Lord is great, the Lord is good! He forgave us of our sins!!   —Written by one of my granddaughters (age 10 or 11 at the time) during…