On Grief and Gratitude

“Ye have lost a child—nay, she is not lost to you, who is found to Christ; she is not sent away, but only sent before; like unto a star, which going out of our sight, doth not die and vanish, but shineth in another hemisphere.” ~ Samuel Rutherford   This October, as in years past,Continue reading “On Grief and Gratitude”

Resting in the Stillness After Personal Struggle

Silence, I learned, is some times the most beautiful sound.”  ― Charlotte Eriksson “Slowly, simply, silence, stillness” was my Lenten mantra, my focus, my goal for the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter morning. A lofty goal, yes. Yet, I was convinced this intentional journey would yield the peaceful rewards I was seeking in myContinue reading “Resting in the Stillness After Personal Struggle”

A New Year’s Hope for Radical Acceptance, Greater Kindness and Deeper Truth

“Don’t you find it odd,” she continued, “that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try.” ~ Ethan Hawke, The Hottest State   On this New Year’s Eve, I am looking inward and claiming my personally perceivedContinue reading “A New Year’s Hope for Radical Acceptance, Greater Kindness and Deeper Truth”

Being Thankful for this Blessed Life of Mine

“Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence. ~ St. John Paul II   At the end of a full and lively week, I am simply grateful for being given the chance to live out this blessed life of mine. Despite the difficult trials I faceContinue reading “Being Thankful for this Blessed Life of Mine”

In Gratitude for Learning how to Forgive Thyself

Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil; With them forgive yourself. ~ William Shakespeare   Allowing my mind to wander at will during my brisk walk today along the trustworthy path in the neighborhood where I reside, my thoughts turned to the act of forgiveness and what a delicate art mercy can be, especiallyContinue reading “In Gratitude for Learning how to Forgive Thyself”