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The Advent Fulfilled: The Gift of Ever-Increasing Glory

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For God,

Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”

made his light shine

in our hearts

to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God

in the face of Christ.

{2 Corinthians 4:6}

Dark and silence had settled over the hospital halls. In the small hours of morning, I held my firstborn baby and marveled at her features, her black, serious eyes, her rosebud mouth; her presence, long awaited I now felt in my arms, her features, once imagined, I now traced with my fingertips. I drank in the full reality of her.

And to this day almost two decades later, I never tire of looking at the faces of my children. That first-born child followed a pregnancy that ended in miscarriage, a blighted hope, a fullness that dissipated and disappeared instead of developing into a baby who would force her way from dark womb into the light. As the weeks stacked upon one another, I looked at my growing belly with more hope and less fear that this little one would know life, and not death. Continue reading

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The Advent Fulfilled: “Wait”lessness

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Harry: So why don’t you tell me the story of your life.
Sally: The story of my life?
Harry: We got 18 hours to kill before we hit New York.
Sally: The story of my life isn’t even gonna get us out of Chicago; I mean, nothing’s happened to me yet. That’s why I’m going to New York.
Harry: So something will happen to you?
Sally: Yes.

(From When Harry Met Sally)

We spend the majority of our lives waiting.

Waiting for our ship to come in, for that call after the job interview, for the day we turn 16, for a driver’s license, for the labor to begin, for the baby to arrive, for enough time, for Friday, for our next vacation, for our lives to begin, even for our lives to end. Continue reading

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We are not raising a generation of helpless kids. We are raising a generation of humans.

Are we raising a generation of helpless kids?

My answer is a resounding – NO!

Not any more than our parents or the parents of our parents did!

I am in touch with a nice cross-section of 9-29 year olds and I will say this as strongly as any truth I can say: they are not any flakier than we were, not any more prone to lie, cheat, fail a test, cry over lost boyfriends, complain about their junker cars, obsess over their futures, think their teachers are useless, their chores stupid and their friends more important than we did. They do not have raging hormones any worse than we did nor do they have entitlement issues that life, in its grand justice, won’t take care of soon enough. Continue reading

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What Clips Your Wings? {or, yelling at God}

What clips your wings?

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My youngest boy brought home an application to be a class representative in student body government, his first foray into leadership, politics, into submitting himself to the popular vote.

The form says: List in this box text that describes why you should be considered for student leadership.

His answers are adorable. But more than the cuteness of a nine-year-old stretching his wings in the confidence of his own flight is the profundity of his confidence. He is not tinged by doubt, he is untethered by past failure; his future is abounding in hope and choice and greatness. He lists his achievements  (in his best handwriting) and doesn’t see them as small, but sees them as toeholds and handholds to climbing higher. “I get to be line leader”; “I almost always turn in all my work on time”; “I am kind”.

He is putting himself out there, testing the lift and strength of his confidence. The class votes next week on whom they’ll choose to represent them. And he may fail. A part of me wants to warn him of that, shield him from the real threat of pain. But I say, “Those are great reasons and that is indeed your best handwriting.”

And my throat tightens and my soul hugs his and then lets go. I know he has a safe place to land if he falls – my heart is ever open to him, our home is the nest of security he needs. But he needs to launch and fly and maybe, fail. And so do I. Continue reading

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In Which I am Lost and Found Again {rediscovering purpose}

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I sat before the computer for long, silent minutes. Fingers hovered, stiff yet from the night’s sleep, but ready and waiting, waiting for a message.

My mind, my heart: there lie the problems in the wordlessness of this morning.

The busy, flurried constant movement of life makes me lack focus, holds my fingers still and my voice mute but my mind and heart and the person within me that seeks to be skips about in the constant movement trying to gain purchase. I am squinting in an attempt to focus but I lose it amidst the fray. I can’t even define what IT is this morning. Continue reading

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