Basket Case

The cross was enough–more than I ever expected or deserved. But He didn’t stop there. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In […]

My Grandson, My Brother

Cadence, Lala, Papa Rich. April, 2012 Cadence Gets Communion“If you confess that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, we invite you to come forward and partake.” It’s Good Friday and my heart floods with gratitude. Our pastor’s familiar words push the overflow out through my eyes. Blinking back tears, floating on reverence, I rise […]

The Day I Forgot the Cheez-its

Cheez-Its. Mom Loved Them. Moving On. I knew the day would come when I’d forget the Cheez-Its. It didn’t come on Easter, when I contributed snacks to a Lagrand family gathering. Nope. On that day I prepared a platter of grapes, dried apricots, a carefully-curated collection of cheeses, various crackers–and a box of Cheez-Its. The […]

Beauty from Ashes

The Rings I Won’t be Wearing “What would you like to drink?” I asked our new pastor as he and his family arrived for lunch at our home last spring. “Water,” he said.Later the conversation turned to tea. Pastor Robert and his wife told us about some of the teas they had enjoyed in Russia. […]

Lost and Found

Rich, Me, ADM Thad Allen. Chicago, August, 2009 Who’s Calling? While attending a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary conference in Chicago a few years ago, I received a surprising phone call from my father-in-law in California. “Rich lost his cell phone,” Dad reported. “Some guy there at your hotel found it.” Then he gave me the […]