The Lord Comforts His People

Across this valley, on an old logging road, my brother lost his life, his body giving into the effects of deadly hypothermian before he was found. This scripture speaks of the comfort God’s presence brings to the deep grief that comes from deep loss and the compassion he has toward us. At his memorial service…

you knew my path

My friend always told me “God doesn’t waste suffering  . . .  if we cooperate.” To Cooperate with God:  to struggle, to keep an open, honest communication with Him about all that concerns me and the ones I love. I wrote the following letter to God 5 years after my brother got lost in the…

Quantifying Grief? Don’t.

What do we do with our suffering? Joining again with Diana Trautwein’s Blog – Last week Diana  opened the door to a series-within-the-series, a set of questions that touch on the Big Topic of suffering. This week’s question jumps in a little deeper: It reminded me of  something really important I learned from my mentor/spiritual director…

The gift of tears – is there room for them?

Diana Trautwein asks this question in her “Living the Questions ” series on her blog,  Just Wondering this week.  This week I am linking my post to hers.  There has been a great discussion there in her online community.  You might want to spend some time there. Yes, Yes, there is room for my tears….

An Ash Wednesday Gift

An Ash Wednesday post This year on Ash Wednesday, I rejoiced in an “out of season bloom” from the cactus on my windowsill as God’s gift of Life and Beauty to me on a day that is intended is to remind us of our mortality.   2012 was my first experience of living the Church…

He will Carry Me

He will carry me  . . . . . This photo taken in 20o7 when my son took his son to his first Cubs game shouts the words “He will carry me!”  Mark Shulz sings it best in his song “He Will Carry Me.”  It’s always the song that starts playing in my mind when I see…

Rest for the Mind and comfort

August 2009:  I am exhausted, in need of comfort, having spent the past two months intensely caring for mom and dad.  At last,  a chance to get away for a few quiet days at our favorite place.  Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin I’ll  catch up, process, plan, get organized.  As I share with Galen how exhausted I…

grieving without knowing

Here is an excerpt from my one of my digital books “I Will Remember and Celebrate God’s Goodness with My Family” My little sister would have been 53 on Tuesday. Living only 7 hours, too little to survive, she came and went on the same day. Again I am caught by surprise by how deeply…