The Benefit of Keeping an Open Mind to the Possibility of Gratitude

The Possibility of Gratitude

The distance around my elliptical driveway is one-tenth of a mile. I know this because I drove around it, watching the odometer—and then did it again just to be sure. Sometimes in the fall, I take a careful jog-trot around its leaf-strewn gravel, a compromise intended to jump-start a flagging metabolism without putting undue wear… Continue reading The Benefit of Keeping an Open Mind to the Possibility of Gratitude

Have You Almost Given Up on Finding a Love that Lasts?

Have You Almost Given Up on Finding a Love that Lasts?

Sunday Scripture There's something about a wedding that revives hope and renews my optimism about the carrying power of love. My son and his bride recited strong promises about a love that lasts in a ceremony that was both romantic and sacred. Love, respect, and faithful devotion are a solid beginning for a life-long partnership.… Continue reading Have You Almost Given Up on Finding a Love that Lasts?

5 Books that Breathe Faith into the Cancer Journey

Those who shake their family tree may be pelted with details they’d rather not know. The blight I encountered in my particular grove was cancer—multiple varieties, hereditary strains. Suddenly I feel a deep kinship with the unending parade of friends and acquaintances who are hearing the word cancer breathed into the air of clinical spaces. I’m thankful… Continue reading 5 Books that Breathe Faith into the Cancer Journey

No Matter What Happens

Four words link the heart to the anchor of God's steadfast love; Four words acknowledge God's goodness in the midst of difficulty: No matter what happens. Thanksgiving -- no matter what happens -- was the challenge facing Lauren Chandler during days in the desert, in the crucible of her husband's cancer, riding the daily waves of parenting… Continue reading No Matter What Happens