A few winters back my husband assisted with an overnight shelter at Virginia Wesleyan College for the homeless in Virginia Beach. He had the simple task of visiting with the guests – men who had come for a hot meal and to seek refuge from the cold. One particular individual relaying bits and pieces of his story indicated that he was originally from the Mississippi Delta. Excited to make this connection, my husband shared that his wife (that’s me) was also from the Delta. And then he went on to ask the next, most obvious question, “Where in the Delta?” Continue reading “Praying for families with Incarcerated Loved Ones”
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. ~Mother Teresa
Our three-year old travels with her dad two days a week to attend preschool. Each morning as she’s standing by the front door putting on her coat and slipping on her backpack, she calls out “I’m ready to go!” She’ll catch a glimpse of me in the kitchen, “Mom! You tell everyone I’m ready to go.” Continue reading “Liturgy of Love”
She shaped the clay and spoke the words
And they hit me hard.
It can’t be true.
“Words have power. Everyone has said something at some time that has hurt someone,” she mused. Continue reading “Every. Single. Word.”
The land of the abundance. The horn of plenty. The cup that runneth over.
That’s life in our culture. We have so much – so much to do, so many opportunities, so many choices. And “it’s ALL good!” Well, maybe not every single thing, but a lot really is…good. But does that mean we need to partake of it all? Or even try? And does more activity mean more fortuity in the long run. Maybe….not. Continue reading “It’s ALL Good…”
My 9 year old daughter has been lobbying heavily for months for a Girl’s Day when we would venture into town sans boys and go wherever our hearts desired. I finally cleared the space on the calendar, made the time and suggested she make her list of stopping points – Target, Barnes and Noble, lunch at Chick-Fil-A, a ride on the mall train, a visit … Continue reading Girl’s Day 2014
Just outside my family room window is a wonderfully fragrant shrub. It blooms in early spring and its potent scent can catch you by surprise when you walk up to my front door. You find yourself Continue reading “Aroma”
A dear friend of mine, recently moved from the gentle, low-lying land of the Tidewater Region to the rugged landscape of the Alleghenies. The words of the Psalmist speak to her in this place, I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from?” Reminding her, “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. -Psalm 121:1-2 How … Continue reading Mountaintops
She journeyed 1,000 miles to visit me in the peak of summer when the tomatoes were ripe and full, butter beans popping their hulls, and corn fresh and sweet. I had learned so much from her as a child – how to use my hands, how to sew, cook, wash a dish and set a table. It was a special treat having her for a … Continue reading Bread
Not so long ago, I found myself feeling out of sorts with a new acquaintance. I hadn’t heard from her and the deadline for the event we were working on had come and gone. It was her turn to step into the conversation, but she was silent. My mind began racing with all sorts of ideas about what had gone wrong. But thank goodness the … Continue reading Reach Out
Only eight years old, his head was bent low over the paper as he struggled with the numbers. Some things came easy. Some things did not. This was one of those things. I worked quietly in the room, waiting, when with a soft voice and eyes blinking back tears he said, “I just need a little encouragement.” Encouragement? Don’t we all need a little encouragement? … Continue reading Encourage