When Fear Overtakes Us

When Fear Overtakes Us

I awakened in the morning with fear in my throat, and found myself trying to swallow the acrid taste of it. There was no immediate cause, but the irrational fear was overtaking my thoughts.  It had probably been building for some time. My husband Bob’s Parkinson’s and...
Finding Significance in the Small

Finding Significance in the Small

The news scrolled across my newsfeed like a flashing theater marquee. Three friends from high school were being honored with our high school’s young alumnus award. Instantly, my stomach dropped out from its rightful place in my abdomen, where a gnawing pit replaced...

Show Me the Blueprints

It was that morning – you know the kind. The wakening cries from your baby jostle you from a deep slumber. You blink slowly, checking the time—definitely earlier than you were ready for. Taking a few slow breaths, you try to muster enough energy to swing back...

Do I Belong?

At times, I wonder where I belong in the world, especially the Christian world. Some days I wonder if I belong anywhere. I had one of those days recently. I am older and still single. Often when people find that out, they want to help me find my husband, whether that...

Three Life Lessons from Mr. Rogers

After an attack in Paris, a Fred Rogers quote began trending on social media. Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” While we can sit...

The Truth About the Mask

I’ve never been to a Mardi Gras party or a costume party. It sounds fun and exciting to attend a party where everyone is wearing beautiful jeweled masks. I envision such an event with women wearing long flowing dresses, their dates looking handsome in tuxes, my...