New Every Morning

Cadence, Red-Handed. October, 2007.* Why Is God’s Mercy New Every Morning? Biblical promises comfort me. They remind me that so long as I breathe, I have another chance. A favorite comes from Lamentations 3: 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;    his mercies never come to an end;23 they are new every morning;    great is your faithfulness. I thought about this verse a […]

Tears, Toilets, and Teachable Moments

Cadence and His Cherished Toy. Oh, and Cake. And Why I am Buying My Husband a Cape. We’d had a lovely dinner, the Southern California branch of the family herd rounded up and gathered at the endless trough of hospitality that is my-dad-and-his-bride’s-home. My sister was there with her younger boy, and Rich and I had brought […]

Coming Up For Air

Tiny Flowers, Lichen, Oak Leaves, Stone. Along the Shore of the Frio River, Laity Lodge, Texas. A Ride Into Grace Last spring–before I knew my grandson would be in California for his sixth birthday, before I knew my son-in-law’s submarine would be in port in San Diego the last weekend of September, before I knew […]

The Reunion: Finale

My Brother, Cousin Marcia, Cousin Hugh. Ca. 1969 [Part One of this story is here. Part Two of this story is here.] We Reserve the Right to Refuse ServiceWe’ve parked the car and are walking across the restaurant’s parking lot when suddenly I wonder if bringing my cousin here for lunch wasn’t a horrible idea. What […]

>Urgent Request: We Interrupt this Blog

> A Beautiful Church. Tiva, Tahaa, French Polynesia. January, 2004. Please Pray With Me Last week my third-millennium friend Charity shared her worry that her cancer has returned.  Yesterday, she reported that cancer once again has invaded her body. Will you please do this with me? Close your eyes, bow your head, drop to your […]