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Winter Prayer: A Cry for Relief when Hope Is Frozen

Winter Prayer: A Cry for Relief when Hope Is Frozen

A WINTER PSALM As winter yearns for spring,  As a frozen river anticipates thaw, O Lord,  We wait on you, Longing for release  From this illness, loss,  Isolation, and uncertainty. Their cold claws tear at us. Tears form icicles on our faces, Dreams hang as sundogs in...

What Is the Right Way to Pray?

What Is the Right Way to Pray?

  The last time I saw Isabelle alive she was in the hospital after a heart attack. She was in her 90s. Life support machines clicked and wheezed around her. “Eugene, I’ve lived a long enough. My husband’s long passed. No reason to prolong this.” Her daughters...

How to Quell a Riot? Read a Poem!

How to Quell a Riot? Read a Poem!

  I believe in poetry.  But I’d forgotten. The last few months of our pandemic dominated, politically divided lives made me forget. Then just as it seemed life couldn’t get worse, it did. Our President stood amidst a maelstrom of fear, insecurity, disunity,...

How God Rekindles Your Hope in Darkness

How God Rekindles Your Hope in Darkness

On December 31, 1977 I sat fidgeting with the buttons on my flannel shirt in The Red-Headed-Wildflower’s parent’s living room. I was nervous because I hadn’t seen her since I dropped out of high school and joined the Navy in ’74. Making the two hour drive out of the...

How to Celebrate a Christmas Haunted by Ghosts

How to Celebrate a Christmas Haunted by Ghosts

Ghosts have haunted many of my Christmases. Not in the terrifying way Charles Dicken’s ghosts haunted Scrooge. But much more subtle, a shadow I can’t quite identify passing over my heart. I think the haunting started on Christmas day in 1957. My grandfather, my mom’s...

What Tools Do You Need to Succeed Spiritually?

What Tools Do You Need to Succeed Spiritually?

  Varied voices, divers opinions, and new insights often break us out of ruts. With that in mind, I’ve asked Brian Plachta a fellow writer, spiritual director, and coach to write this installment of my blog (see his full bio below). I know Brian’s take on...

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