Empty and Waiting

I must apologize in advance for this essay.  I could delete it, I almost did.  Perhaps I still shall.  ——————————————————————————————————————— I stopped dreaming.  I realized this as I sat in church yesterday. It’s hard to feel hopeful when you no longer dream.  What you conceived for your life is not this, when you look around…

I am a Reformed Control Freak (Advent Musings)

I am a reformed control freak.  By reformed I suppose I mean that I know I am, was, can be a controlling person who wants things just so. Christmas is a perfect example of what really gets my ire up.  OK, once again I’m showing what a wreck I am.  Yesterday I found myself at…

He did not wait …

He did not wait . . . till hearts were pure.  In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt. To a world like ours, of anguished shame he came, and his Light would not go out. — from “First coming” by Madeleine L’Engle Kids have been asking for weeks “When’s Christmas? How…

Waiting: What we can’t see!

Originally uploaded by M e l o d y I have been reflecting on what Luci Shaw says, “anticipation lifts the heart.” But if I am completely honest, I have found the waiting of this season to be excruciating. These weeks of in-between, of surrender, of emptying, of letting go and ultimately, the truth of…

God is With Us. But Can We Find Him?

I have marvelled at my doubt.   I am going through one of my phases where I feel extremely disappointed by organized religion.  Like Michael Jinkins, in Called to Be Human, I don’t understand what spiritual means any more than I understand what it means to be religious — but I know that today they are a pale imitation of what they should be,…

Peace to You

This holiday season, so far, I am baking, baking, baking and Tom is cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.  Today has been busy with baking two pumpkin pies, a cheesecake, and a Key Lime pie and cranberry sauce.  Tomorrow it will be sugar cookies and a Cherry pie.  Perhaps a Pecan.  And then it is on to preparing…

Femmes arabes sur baudets.

Femmes arabes sur baudets. Originally uploaded by New York Public Library The New York Public Library has shared old photographs to the public commons of flickr. I was intrigued by these really old images from Syria and Egypt and this one in particular. It made me think of Mary, Jesus’ mother, possibly riding in to…