Praying for families with Incarcerated Loved Ones

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”

Rejoice!

It’s a simple thing.  Really.  Most nights before we climb the stairs for an evening’s rest we gather together as a family and share our joys.  We’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember.  And most nights the joys are quite demure –  chocolate chip pancakes, a game won, a good test grade,  a friend to play.  I’m thankful for this moment.  … Continue reading Rejoice!

Pray

Five months into the pregnancy we felt it was time.  Time to share our news.  A baby was on the way.  And so we gathered everyone together just before bedtime and told them.  We told them our good, good news.  It was a surprise for all.  One celebrated being a big brother…again.  One celebrated the possibility of having a little brother.  One celebrated, because everyone else was celebrating.  And one…cried.  Continue reading “Pray”