Let It Matter

Let It Matter

Grief is a peculiar beast. It can sneak up on you slowly, gently, when you least expect it. In a scent, on the notes of a melody, in the turning of the seasons. It can also hit you head on, an unexpected blow to the chest, knocking the air right out of you. **** Heading to Birmingham this morning. My mom is in the end stages of dementia and is starting to shut down. It could be days or weeks at this point. Please pray for my brothers and my dad. My relationship…continue reading →
How Long, Lord?

How Long, Lord?

Las Vegas is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history with at least 50 dead. How many times have we seen this headline? One time is too many, but sadly, there have been others, featuring different cities, venues, excuses and perpetrators. How long, Lord? How long? **** The FBI defines a mass shooting as 4 or more being killed, not including the perpetrator or perpetrators, in a single event. Since 1949, approximately 482 are dead and 899 injured at the hands of a fellow human being. 1381 families forever changed. Countless others impacted by…continue reading →
Definitions

Definitions

  A state without war. Accord. Order. Stability. Pacification Typically when we think of peace, we think of it in the context of war. We want to keep the peace by waging war, or at least by using the threat of war. My army is bigger than your army, my bombs are bigger than your bombs. Much like when we were children saying, “My dad can beat up your dad.” Having the upper hand gives us the illusion of peace. I want to look at other definitions of peace, as this International Day…continue reading →
Lord, Have Mercy

Lord, Have Mercy

**** As the sun set on yesterday's National Prayer Day, I wanted to remember the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Remember to pray for those who have lost everything. For those displaced by flood waters and tornadoes. For those who will have to wait weeks, and even months, to know the extent of the damages to property and livelihoods. Pray for families as they begin to rebuild entire lifetimes. Pray for children as they deal with the trauma of what has happened. Pray for us as a country, that we remember what it means…continue reading →
Beautiful Things Will Happen

Beautiful Things Will Happen

**** Here is the world. Terrible things will happen. We are certainly seeing plenty of terrible things in our small part of the world. Brother warring against brother, black against white, Democrat against Republican, Christian seemingly against everything. And now, Mother Nature is making a strong argument in defense of climate change. Hurricane Harvey is pummeling Texas, and more than likely turning toward Louisiana after moving back into the Gulf. Homes and businesses destroyed by high winds and catastrophic flooding. 8 confirmed fatalities, with that number expected to rise before this is over.…continue reading →
On Stepping Back and Taking Measure

On Stepping Back and Taking Measure

**** Social media has become a powder keg of sorts over the last few months. We have been given immediate and easy access to others’ lives, to their opinions, to news stories; truth, or otherwise. We see hate and fear mongering, conspiracy theories, judgment, and all manner of foolishness touted as absolute truth. It has given us the platform to push back immediately against those we don’t agree with, with no thought to the consequences of our actions. It’s easy to be careless with our words, and with others’ feelings when we can…continue reading →
44 Years To Present

44 Years To Present

  This is a post from the archives. It is, unfortunately, still relevant, especially in light of the incidents at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville this weekend and has been edited to reflect that. **** **** “I’m living in a world where my white husband was pulled over just a few days ago by a cop and they joked and bantered. He was sent on his way with a warning and a small ticket. I’m sitting in the reality that the same cannot be said for my brown boys who could do…continue reading →
Remembering…An Image Not Yet Finished

Remembering…An Image Not Yet Finished

Today is our 36th Wedding Anniversary. This is a post I wrote 4 years ago, and while true then, it is more so in different ways today. For everyone doing the difficult things, for those feeling like none of it matters anymore, remember that love is a not the stuff of fairytales, but of gritty, hard fought choices we make daily. Remember especially that Love never fails. **** It’s been a stormy, rainy day here but the sun is finally breaking through the gray… Isn’t that much like our life has been? Where can…continue reading →