Pain and Light

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.  – Isaiah 43:18-19 The Caregiving: Space for Grace Support group that I lead here at FUMC…

Summertime in Texas

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.    –Plato The inevitable arrival of summer is waiting only steps away. I know that I need to get ready for summertime, but I find that I am dragging my heels. Actually, I am kicking and screaming, holding…

Prayer

We all pray whether we think of it as praying or not. The odd silence we fall into when something very beautiful is happening, or something very good or very bad. The “Ahhhh” that floats up out of a 4th of July crowd when the skyrocket bursts over the water. The stammer of pain at…

It’s a Mess!

“It’s a mess!” These were my granddaughter’s words when I carried her into the bathroom to get some baby wipes to use on her face. There was stuff all over the counter and a towel on the floor. She might have been two years old, but could have been closer to eighteen months. Every time…

Gratitude and the Gifts of Aging

I write today (Monday, November 12) knowing that next week we will be called to offer thanks for that which we are grateful in our lives, our country, and our world. It occurs to me that I may have never considered just how powerful the word ‘gratitude’ is. It really does seem, though, that I…

Cracked and Blessed

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. -Matthew 5:4 I have always wondered about this scripture. Why would Jesus say that those who are mourning are blessed? Some of the other Beatitudes are somewhat easier to understand. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Or “Blessed are the…

Independence Day – July 4, 2018

If you are anything like I am, this day brings to mind so many great memories. I must admit though, when I think of July 4th, I usually groan at the prospect of the inevitable extreme hot temperatures associated with Independence Day in Texas. Anyone who knows me well knows that I do not like…

Buttercups and Weeds

If you have been on a highway anywhere in North Texas recently, you have likely noticed the pink and white flowers that my grandmother called “buttercups”.  During my years of working as a floral designer, I learned that these are actually Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosus Rosea). They bloom April through June across much of the…

God’s Family

For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. Ephesians 2:14  When I read this scripture, I want to believe that it is true of us as a church family, a community, a country and a…

Doubt or Belief?

Luke 1:11-21 is the story of the priest, Zechariah, and his visit from the angel Gabriel. The angel comes to give Zechariah the good news that his wife, Elizabeth, will bear a son, whom they should name John. Because of his and Elizabeth’s advanced ages, Zechariah doubts the news that Gabriel has given him. Gabriel…

A Mess of Perfection

Indulge me, if you will, while I provide the following: Public Service Announcement If you are 60 years of age or older you are part of Encore! Ministries. You do not have to join Encore! You are in because of your age. Yes, I know, you do not consider yourself old enough to be an older…

Ordinary Day

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that…