By |2018-03-02T16:43:34-06:00November 21st, 2012|

At the bank drive up window yesterday, after deposit is made, the teller cheerfully tells me, "Have a Happy Thanksgiving!" I smile, return her greeting. And think: it's funny how saying "Merry Christmas" has become [...]

Will your holidays be holy days?

By |2018-03-02T16:44:27-06:00November 5th, 2012|

It's November. The holidays are coming we tell each other, sometimes with a wild, fearful look in our eyes. But think about that word—holidays. Holy days. Its etymology is far removed from its current stress-inducing [...]

What do you do with the quiet?

By |2011-07-11T08:43:26-05:00July 11th, 2011|

By 7 a.m., my husband had left for an early morning meeting, my son had been picked up for volleyball camp. My daughter, who is fighting a cold, still jet-lagged, and well, 17, is still [...]

Gratitude: Rejoice, pray, give thanks

By |2011-02-01T17:13:10-06:00February 1st, 2011|

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). The Greek word translated thanks in this verse is eucharisteo, meaning to be grateful, to [...]

Life in a dead branch

By |2018-03-02T19:01:25-06:00October 25th, 2010|

My neighbor’s weeping willow slouches, with ominous melancholy, toward our back fence. Its branches do just that—weep—onto our yard: twigs and small slender tear-shaped leaves. It invades the airspace of my backyard, and has, on [...]

Giving thanks

By |2009-11-23T16:28:40-06:00November 23rd, 2009|

Are you feeling thankful yet? Or just busy? I'm juggling work, deadlines, and planning dinner for 12 people (five of whom are new to the country, strangers to us, and may not speak much English). I'm [...]

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