It is interesting to talk to folks or hear from folks about how they have spent their time during the "stay-at-home" order. Some houses are now pristine. Mine is still cluttered; I mean who is going to come over and know? Some are busy with handcrafts and others are reading. (I am reading the Harry Potter series again, since I cannot seem to concentrate on anything too deeply). We are accessing great music, concerts and old movies. But if I talk to folks long enough they
I am not the best organizer in the world. I know what is in my stacks. I know what the dining room clutter contains. But, oddly, I still need a plan. I want to know the plan, figure out how to execute it, and work the plan. But these days more things are uncertain than certain. Maybe we get a glimpse of an eventual plan – but we do not have the timetable or the details. Psalm 90 reminds us that a thousand years are like a day in God's sight. And while two months of st
When things have been really tough in life, my best friend, Lynn, has always been there to remind me: "Breathe." Not the typical, shallow, "get by" breath. But deeply in and deeply out. The last two reminders came through video chats. So now I pass the familiar tip to you --- Breathe in deeply. Exhale deeply. Repeat three times! It can clear your head, at least temporarily lower your blood pressure and help get you ready for whatever the next hour brings. Before Jesus
I made a promise to myself, somewhere around March 19. I wanted to send a personal note to each church household. I began with energy and excitement, and quickly ran out of blank cards. When more arrived, I began anew. At work, in front of the TV at home, on sleepless nights when thoughts of my father kept me up. Every few days, I mailed a stack, praying that someone in that stack would smile when they opened the envelope (not licked, of course!) About a month later, so
Some days, I think what's needed most is a smile. Not even a chuckle, maybe a humorous groan. But at least a smile. Here are a few from a little Hallmark book I was given years ago, edited by Karen Linamen. "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." – Mark Twain "People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road and the back of the church." "Be ye fishers of men. You catch em, I'll clean em." - God "Doubts are the ants i
There was no one on the road that morning. Not a single car. As I pulled in, I wound around the path to the back, and spotted the gazebo. Not a single person to be seen. I put on my mask (because of allergies, there was no mandate yet), got out and searched the names. David and Ruth Ann. An American flag fluttered. A wooden flower stood resolute. I bent down, wordless, and left mixed flowers and yellow roses, arranging them so that, maybe, they would not blow away. W
Some days, truth be told, I feel like I am moving at the speed of a sloth, and have the patience of a toddler. One day is a lot like the last, and is a lot like tomorrow. Some of my normal sources of energy, lunch with a colleague, meeting with others around a shared hobby, and especially in-person visits, are on indefinite hold. I am doing my tiny part to not spread germs I may not know I have. And because I might be moving at the speed of a sloth, the phone can be jolti
How many times I said, "I wish I had a magic wand"? To solve your work dilemma, or to ease your grief. To heal your loved one, or to give you the exact right answer. To ease your hurt, or to share the perfect perspective. To train your pet, or to train your toddler. To slow down time, or to speed up time. But I have no magic wand. I hope, that despite the lack of one, you know I care. Let us each show care to those who long for a magic wand.