Crumbs on My Heart

Weeping in the KitchenIt swept over me as I took a knife to the last bit of soft butter. The little pat in the glass dish was just enough for the potatoes I intended to mash. But a few toast crumbs, and maybe even a spot of pomegranate jelly, stained it. That bit o’butter wasn’t […]

A Legacy of Little Things

Vick’s VapoRub: Memory Maker.  Small SacrificesI’ve never played the hero. Not once have I been called upon to sacrifice myself to push my baby’s carriage to safety. I’ve never offered a kidney. The best I can hope to leave, I realize, is a string of small gifts. Can those tiny touches build a legacy? Little things […]

Weekend Reflection: Risen!

Sunday’s Coming.  Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. 2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and […]

A Crash Course in Humility

The Instant Humility Machine. That’s How I Roll I stand in the fellowship hall looking for someone standing alone, someone “free.” I want a cup of coffee, see, but I have no way to carry it  to a table from the big friendly urn in the corner. Everywhere I look, our congregants are engaged.  Over near […]

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 […]