Swaddled

I was reading Luke's account of  the angels visiting the shepherds with the stunning announcement that the Savior had been born. Here's the beloved Linus version.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOofCTbv96s   One phrase stood out to me like never before. "Wrapped in swaddling clothes". Maybe it's because I am a brand new Grandma and the other day... Continue Reading →

Praise: The Antidote for Sadness

Jeanne and I used to laugh when classroom teachers were smothered in flowers during Teacher Appreciation Week, or when they amassed stacks of  Starbucks gift cards during the weeks leading up to Christmas. As reading teachers working in small intervention groups, we might have received a candle that looked like it had been lit, an apple-pin slightly tarnished,... Continue Reading →

Trusting God in the Face of Garbage Cans

When the sun is shining, when relationships are sailing, when CostCo has restocked its Kirkland pinot noir from Oregon - that's when I am all-in with God - praising, humming, brimming with spiritual contentment. But when life takes a turn, or as someone recently put it,  "When life throws garbage cans in your path," my... Continue Reading →

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