A Slice of Life – Kurdistan, Volume 4

We are enjoying spring in this part of the world. The rain has tapered off and with it the large puddle that forms in my kitchen. I am so happy to see that puddle gone. I love the sun and I love light so with these days of 60 degree weather, a joy comes over … Continue reading A Slice of Life – Kurdistan, Volume 4

How Long?

Earlier in the week, Boston could not shake the heavy fog that lay heavy in the air, covering the tops of buildings like thick grey smoke. It dulled my mind and all I seemed able to do was trudge through life. How long will this fog go on, I wondered silently, the weather deeply embedded … Continue reading How Long?

Forgiveness Sunday and Housecleaning my Soul

"We do not travel the road of Lent as isolated individuals but as members of a family. Our asceticism and fasting should not separate us from others, but should link us to them with ever-stronger bonds". Every two weeks I have house cleaners come into our home. They come in with their high-powered vacuum … Continue reading Forgiveness Sunday and Housecleaning my Soul

A Fog of Tragedy

There is a fog over the Charles River. While the sun is trying to burn through the mist, the fog is heavy and solid. I wonder if this is what it is like for those families affected by another school shooting. The fog of disbelief and anger so heavy; the gut-deep sadness and nausea overwhelming. … Continue reading A Fog of Tragedy

The Last Battle as Lenten Reading

It's a grey, rainy Sunday. The bare trees outside accentuate the bleak weather. Slush and ice mark the sidewalk and street as if saying to me "It is, after all, February! What really do you expect?" It may be bleak outside, but it is warm and contemplative inside. It is these days when I am … Continue reading The Last Battle as Lenten Reading

Broken

Over the weekend, the father-in-law of one of my colleague's was badly injured in a bike accident. When I inquired as to how he was doing, he simply said "Broken".  With multiple fractures and bruises, that is the most descriptive word possible.  Broken.  Early this morning we received word that my mother-in-law died. Her body … Continue reading Broken

Lenten Journey: Instant Gratification or Slow Process

On my work space shelf, I have a box of instant oatmeal. It's relatively healthy, full of fiber, and low in the bad stuff. I have it on hand for those days when I rush off to work, my tummy empty since the night before, my blood sugar low, and nary a minute to sit … Continue reading Lenten Journey: Instant Gratification or Slow Process

Lenten Journey: Palm Fronds and Hosannas

Palm fronds await us as we enter into our parish. It is Palm Sunday - that joyous day before Holy Week, where all of life makes sense as Jesus rides into Jerusalem, greeted by masses of people proclaiming him king. Unlike those crowds who gathered that day so long ago, we know what is coming. … Continue reading Lenten Journey: Palm Fronds and Hosannas

Lenten Journey – On Forsythia and Hope

"You can cut branches of forsythia before they bloom and bring them inside and they will bloom quicker."  It was Western Easter a few years ago and we were at my mom and dad's. Large branches of forsythia were in a vase on the windowsill, bright with yellow blossoms that defied the remains of winter outside. I … Continue reading Lenten Journey – On Forsythia and Hope

Lenten Journey: The Christ Candle

I wrote this years ago for a dark spring day. It seems appropriate again. Truth be told, my Christ candle has been burning every day since January 20. The candle has been a faithful reminder this Lenten season too.  Advent is the season of waiting for the Christ. It’s typically celebrated during the month of … Continue reading Lenten Journey: The Christ Candle

Lenten Journey: A Lenten Vent

Over my personal church history, I wasn’t really exposed to Lent as a practice. As a young girl we attended a Baptist church, and later I went to an interdenominational boarding school and a Bible college of the same variety. There was a brief season at St John’s Shaughnessy, an Anglican church in Vancouver, before … Continue reading Lenten Journey: A Lenten Vent

Lenten Journey – “I was a Stranger”

What is our first reaction, our spontaneous response, when we meet the stranger?  "Who let's these people in here anyway?" asked the man. He was agitated, shaking his head in complete dismay. "I mean" he paused "The woman who served me coffee the other day was Moroccan!" His voice was raised in incredulity at the … Continue reading Lenten Journey – “I was a Stranger”

Lenten Journey: Waiting for Aslan

"WHAT an extraordinary place!" cried Lucy. "All those stone animals - and people too! It's - it's like a museum." "Hush," said Susan, "Aslan's doing something." .....Everywhere the statues were coming to life. The courtyard looked no longer like a museum; it looked more like a zoo. Creatures were running after Aslan and dancing round … Continue reading Lenten Journey: Waiting for Aslan

Lenten Journey – Turn the Whole World Upside Down

Around six years ago, an eye doctor named Tom Little was killed in a massacre of 10 international aid workers in Nuristan province in the country of Afghanistan. The story made international headlines as the largest massacre of aid workers during the entire Afghan conflict. Many who didn't even know this man paused to take inventory of … Continue reading Lenten Journey – Turn the Whole World Upside Down

“Pardon Our Dust”

We invite you to follow along with Marilyn and Robynn, both grace-desperate Christ followers-- one a newly welcomed Orthodox the other a patchwork Protestant-- on their Lenten journey. This is the first in this honestly human series.   Lowell and I, together with some friends, attended the evening Lenten Service at St Paul’s Episcopal church … Continue reading “Pardon Our Dust”