Clinging to the promise of joy in the midst of grief

Clinging to the promise of joy in the midst of grief

Last night, I removed my sister’s name from the Christmas address list.  I was clinging to the letters of her name typed into a cell in a spreadsheet.  I pressed the delete key slowly and then moved her children to new lines.  Tears streamed down my cheeks.  She died...
An Advent Prayer

An Advent Prayer

A few years ago, I was looking for an Advent prayer that my small kids would find easy to memorize that we could use when we lit the Advent wreath.  Finding nothing, I wrote my own. Several family have taken the little cards we wrote it out on home with them. ...
Preparing a place for some One to come again – once more

Preparing a place for some One to come again – once more

Photo Credit: Tara Magee Preparing a place is one of my favourite things.  We love having the guest room full, the bed made and food planned, the anticipation of time spent with people we love.  Preparing makes space, in our home and inside of us, for those who are...
Arriving somewhere safe and okay, as if by accident…

Arriving somewhere safe and okay, as if by accident…

Photo Credit: Katherine Siebert Safe and okay have been elusive feelings for quite awhile.  Tracing the shape of the dark, wandering lost, tending to wounds, willing some measure of wellness – it’s all been a road I never wanted to turn down in the first place.  I was...