Burial Gardens: Life and Death in Lent

Last year, during the Lent that still hasn’t ended, I took my children on a walk to the local cemetery. The grounds were beautiful and included a small pond accessible only by a simple wooden bridge on one side and a more ornate stone bridge on the other. The cemetery was nearly as old asContinue reading “Burial Gardens: Life and Death in Lent”

Death in Spring: two Holy Week meditations

Death encounters On the first day of Spring, I awoke to a voicemail from a friend, her voice cracking with emotion as she said that her mother had unexpectedly died. Please pray for us, Sister. The rest of that day, I attended a funeral for someone else, for the husband of a friend of myContinue reading “Death in Spring: two Holy Week meditations”

Easter Sunday: ordinary resurrections and trembling tombs

Alleluia!! Alleluia! He lives, and laughs death right in its face, saying, Surprise, surprise! Nothing can kill this everlasting love! Ordinary resurrections are everywhere. There are glimpses of light where despair was once too intense for hope! The broken bone has healed completely. The child awoke from the terrifying coma. Your neighbor offered you anContinue reading “Easter Sunday: ordinary resurrections and trembling tombs”

a life to the fullest type of December

“I came so that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.”  – John 10:10b Merry Christmas! God is with us!  And, this God who is with us- Baby Jesus- has given us the greatest gift of all: life! I believe that life abundant means that life is packed full with all bliss andContinue reading “a life to the fullest type of December”