March: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb {and Why Forgiveness Is Easy}

The old idiom that the month of March "goes in like a lion, and out like a lamb" generally refers to the weather. It's a time when the winter sheds it's layers of snow to make way for the flowers and sunshine of the spring. {Inhale flip flops, exhale snow boots.} I love spring. It may be my favorite time of year. There's something super magical to me about leaving anything that is all too dreadful {like snow days, salt trucks, cracking lips and cabin fever} for something that makes life just feel so new and renewed, so fresh and promising. ...more

Let us pray for our pastoral leaders BEFORE they can sin

House of the Lord in St. Peter, Barbados | Photo by GaleE ...more

Forgiving

March 17 "Forgiving and Being Forgiven"  Lk. 6:36-38 St. PatrickI have a friend who refuses to read the Bible because of all the "violence"--The Bible reflects the way humanity lives out its life--we are violent, but the Bible tells the story of a God who offers us forgiveness.  ...more

Forgiveness 21 Days To Forgive Everyone For Everything

I received this  as a Goodreads Giveaway.    I never win anything.  So I was stunned.  What a gift.  ...more

The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift: Forgiveness

What if you made this Valentine’s Day more than a day about hearts and flowers? What if you made this Valentine’s Day about expanding your love, taking it beyond whatever wonderfulness you now experience to something even more amazing? It’s doable, you know. And all it takes is giving your beloved the ultimate gift: forgiveness....more

Crosspost: Pre-Funeral Luncheon

Monday, January 6, 2014...more

Making Amends, My 7 yr old's responses, and A Glimpse of Heaven

Like many recent mornings, the twins woke me up between 4 and 4:30 am, much too early for me to be giddy or well-tempered. Since I can remember, I had a reputation for being super cranky when sleep-deprived, tired, or hungry. There is a distinction between sleep-deprivation and being tired, however small the gap might be....more

At My Mother's Knee

Showing up after ten years' absence when your mother is ill with Alzheimer's Disease and having her look at you and say, "I never thought I'd see you again," and realizing that if you had waited, like you wanted to, for another six months to pass before coming home, she would probably forget who you were, all of this is a very big deal. And it's an important story to tell even if I don't know exactly how to tell it....more

THE GIFT OF GRACE