Enter 2019 by pursuing peace

I entered the church, turned and found my old friend standing just a few feet from me. Until she smiled, I didn’t recognize her. But only one person smiles like that. We hugged, opened our mouths, and started in, just like old times in another church foyer. Back then, we almost …

Good, Good Friday

“Why is Good Friday good, Nana?” asks my grandbean. The child knows very well what happened on that day so long ago. The day Christians remember the gruesome death of Jesus Christ, crucified on a rugged cross at Calvary, outside the gates of Jerusalem. A cross not much different from …

Ruth’s little lamb

I’ve told my friend Ruth’s* story often over the years. It’s also included in my book, Practice by Practice, because some stories need hearing and telling again. It was a horrid situation. Ruth had brought it on herself, but admitting that didn’t lessen the consequences. An affair with her best friend’s husband had destroyed …

Write the forgiveness cheque

I like my cat, Grace. A lot. But our previously untested relationship hit the wall a few months ago, starting the evening I brought home an overnight guest. A grey puffball of a kitten with round green eyes. “Now, Smoky,” I told her. “Don’t get comfortable. Tomorrow you’re going to …