Weekend Reflection: Praying For Hope and Blue Skies

Daughter Elaine, Off the Coast of Raiatea, Society Archipelago, French Polynesia. January 2004. Beseech Him with me: Hope for Vanuatu. Blue Skies for Guam and her neighbors. God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into […]

Weekend Reflection: Fierce Joy

    7 I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. 8 I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will […]

Cripples and Crutches

My Maternal Grandparents. Ca. 1970 Lists, Leaning, and the Lord “‘Pa,” I said, “I need a piece of paper.” I eyed the steno pad on his desk. “What for?” “Grandma and I are going to the store and I need to make a list.” “Lists are crutches. Just remember what all you need–it’s good for […]

The Reunion: But First

My Brother, Cousin Marcia, Cousin Hugh. Ca. 1969 [I started this story in its middle. Click here to read what happens next. Click here to read the conclusion.] The Promises of Place His voice on the phone is a miracle singing in my ear after ten months of silence. I’m always relieved when my cousin calls.  It […]

Restoring the Lamps, Part Two

Lamps Under Renovation. Protection It’s Saturday morning and the day overflows with what-could-be. I clear the remnants of yesterday’s living from the kitchen island, make space for a project. My project. I’m going to return these old lamps to usefulness. Rich will supervise, of course, because I’ve never rewired a lamp before. He assures me it’s […]