hope

Posts with the ‘hope’ tag

October Wave of Light

Lighting the Dark One of the most soul stirring sights occurs each year in December. The celebration of Christmas in churches, homes, and communities usually includes groups of people singing Silent Night. The lights turn down, the first notes of the song begin, and voices join together in quiet confidence and worship. One candle is […]

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Discovery in the Back to School Season

Many thanks to patheos.com and Kelley Mathews for sharing  4 Ways to Transform a Difficult Back to School Season again. If you journey through days of infertility or involuntary childlessness I hope this gives you practical tools to move through the season. I recently discovered an unexpected moment (many moments, actually!) with back to school posts on […]

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Revising Mother’s Day Malaise

Many women have a complicated relationship with Mother’s Day. While I love celebrating my own mother and all the women I know who are moms, I well remember and often revisit the general malaise, underpinning of uneasiness, and unexplained discontent the season of Mother’s Day can usher in. On the Journey The overwhelm of underlying […]

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All I Want For Christmas

For at least two years my favorite Christmas song was “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” I remember sitting on my grandfather’s lap watching the multi-colored lights and tinsel on our Christmas tree and singing the song while waiting for my big girl two front teeth to finally grow in. You […]

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5 Steps to Wonder This Christmas

One Grey November Day “Oh, look, I found this beautiful flower just for you.” Small steps halted as she bent down to cradle the brown leaf resting on the sidewalk and extend her gift to me. “This is the most beautiful flower, isn’t it?” “It is, indeed. Thank you for your sweet gift.” Her 5-year-old […]

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Letters of Hope for the Holiday Season

The holiday season brings fellowship and hope to the world but the next few weeks also usher in a deeper level of sadness and despair for people living with grief and loss. For many… A simple trip to the grocery store provokes unexpected, choking tears while standing in front of store shelves and mindlessly looking […]

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A Light to Remember

You Are Not Alone These are life-giving words for women and men in the often silent pain of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. (I would like to include adult child loss today as well.) I’ve had the privilege of hearing many of your stories and sharing mine in the hopes of encouraging each other to […]

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Beauty in the Chrysalis Transformation

My mom loves butterflies. She buys flowers and herbs to attract them—dill, rue, and butterfly weed have annual planting appointments in her patio pots and flowerbeds. During the warm days of spring and summer she watches closely for a variety of butterflies to lay their eggs and monitors where the tiny specks appear. Then begins […]

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