The Christmas Miracle of Hope

Come and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. Hosea 6:1 NKJV Maybe the Christmas miracle is not a change in our circumstances, but rather, the beginnings of healing within ourselves. Maybe it’s not obvious, just more joyContinue reading “The Christmas Miracle of Hope”

The Song

Yesterday, she sat on the couch and sang, “He is the song for the suffewing…” Tonight, I had to face my hurt in an unexpected way. It was supposed to be an evening of redemption, but instead, my past hugged me. Literally. What are we supposed to do? What if a place you love noContinue reading “The Song”

The Silent Love of Jesus

“How does… Jesus show his love for us and others?” This was a question we were supposed to think about for Sunday School. What if you happen to be in a season, like me, when it seems like Jesus is silent and I don’t feel like praying? How does Jesus show He loves me? IContinue reading “The Silent Love of Jesus”

A Welcome to Autumn (Good Riddance to Summer)

Summer’s road was rough and hardLeaving me a little scarred.Unexpected devastation,Basket case of frustration.But like all things, summer’s passedInto history at last.I welcome fall in all its gloryReady for a different story.Bring on lots of pumpkin spiceDon’t lose hope that something niceMay happen still despite the messSo let it go, that weary stress.To the wind,Continue reading “A Welcome to Autumn (Good Riddance to Summer)”

Coping with Change

I seem to write about the things closest to my heart and mind in the various seasons I go through. And the words which I think best describe my life right now are chaos, change, and weariness. Chaos and change certainly bring weariness, and being already a naturally weary person, perhaps chaos and change justContinue reading “Coping with Change”

Before the Resurrection

Saturday is a day that gets missed in celebrating Easter. There’s Thursday with the Last Supper, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. What about Saturday? The despair and lack of hope that the disciples and followers of Jesus must have faced after the crucifixion needs to be remembered as well. I wrote this poem for theContinue reading “Before the Resurrection”

Finding Real in Fantasy

One of the reasons Tolkien and Lord of the Rings are so popular, I think, is because the words are so incredibly applicable to our lives. During the beginning of the pandemic a year ago, this quote popped up. You might remember how perfect it was for those months. “I wish it need not haveContinue reading “Finding Real in Fantasy”

Twenty-Five

Tonight, as I write this, it’s my last night of being twenty-four. Maybe that’s not such a big deal; after all, twenty-five may not be much different. It is, nevertheless, a milestone of sorts; it is quite probable that I’ve already lived over a quarter of my life. That’s a nice morbid view to takeContinue reading “Twenty-Five”