When we need Peace…

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It's that second week into December. It's the week that reminds us how close it is to the twenty-fifth and how far from being ready we are. There might be a little bit of pressure and the tired, creeping in like fog under a door. It's the everyday needs of those we love and  the added tasks that filled our calendars when we'd barely turned the page to this new month. Even if the schedule has been strictly adhered to, if we didn't over crowd the calendar squares, its still more in our everyday. … [Continue reading]

When we need Hope…

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The crossing of the seasons is always a peculiar time. My little pear tree, with beautiful rusted leaves was shivering under a blanket of white only a week ago. In advance of the cold, snowy weather I arranged branches and berries in the window box, filled the urn. The wind carried in dry leaves and set them down among the pine and spruce, awkward and out of place.  The cold winds turned warm and now it's all green again, but Winter is coming. That was the tease, the taste, the coming … [Continue reading]

Listening to the Littlest…

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We're silent, listening intently to the girl on the couch. She is part of our group that meets each week to listen, share, hope and dream. We filled the rafters with a collective voice, talked about communion, advent,  life and now we're listening. She is the littlest. Just barely reached ten and full of life. She is explaining  why  she is thankful for  another person in our group and she's talking about my daughter. They smile at one another, seated side by side. They have been buddies … [Continue reading]

Trust in a Storm

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You hold my every moment, you calm my raging seas… There are times in our lives that are pivotal. Times when it feels like we’re in the middle of an earthquake, but the shaking is happening inside of us, at the very core of who we are.  It leaves us feeling unsteady, unwilling to walk the road in front of us on such wobbly legs. Those are the times we sit. We sit with the God of the universe and we talk, cry, question and listen.  We sit when we want to run. When the pieces of our lives are … [Continue reading]

Celebration

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She is our third daughter, the one who makes us laugh. She writes, loves Shakespeare and music. She's my guest post today. Her video is a creative assignment for one of her English classes in university. Some  of the narrative is taken from her blog posts, written last year just after I was diagnosed. You have heard me say before  "it's in my body, but we all had cancer." It affects everyone around you, It shakes you down to the core of where you stand, giving new perspective to everything. I … [Continue reading]

Welcome November

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Welcome to November! Walking with you in everyday grace,   … [Continue reading]