Storms in life

Are you battling? Drop your sword…

“Hey, how’re you doing?” I asked a friend after church one day, anticipating her usual enthusiastic, “Just great!” Not that day. A big circumstance had her battling. She explained – for some time. As her story lengthened, I chafed. Someone stood near, trying to catch my eye. She seemed not to notice. That perturbed me. […]

Swamped and desperate – but never alone

Swamped and desperate – but never alone

Some of my readers are treading life. It has swamped you, either in increments or suddenly. You feel almost at the “no surviving beyond this point” point. And you wonder if God cares. I opened an old journal last night, and found someone like that. Me. A younger self, passing through an excruciating circumstance that felt […]

Farewell to a hero

Farewell to a hero

Nine days before Christmas, the Preacher and I sat in a hushed sanctuary paying respects to one of our heroes. We had met Isabel Barnsley nine years earlier, shortly after both she and the Preacher contracted West Nile Neurological Disease. She was 79, and not expected to live at first. Until the bite, she was […]

 Down and defeated doesn’t mean down and out

 Down and defeated doesn’t mean down and out

I will, perhaps, never forget my first glimpse of Earl. I met him on a bitter cold April afternoon. The friend who called to alert us said he’d arrived the evening before. Said he’d spotted him from his living room window; huddling motionless under a naked tree across the road. Wet. Bedraggled. Resigned. Not even minding curious […]