Tag Archive | joy

Sacred Pandemonium

It finally happened. After 37 Christmases with 3 children, their loves and our 7 grandkids I guess it was inevitable. In National Lampoon worthy fashion, this year the Christmas tree fell over. Now, to be accurate, we have two trees. The formal, pretty one we call “Mom’s tree” and the other is the “family tree”. […]

I Hope So

The words came across his desk through tears laced with deep compassion. “It will get better.” My resigned response was simple. “I hope so.” I had used those words a thousand times in darker moments of life when pain was the order of the day. It had served as my expression of inner weariness and psychic exhaustion. A sort of […]

Running on Tiptoe!

She is one and she is walking. Fast! Isabella went from wobbling like a Weeble to running like an Olympian in what seemed like days. Funny thing is she walks—even runs—on her tiptoes. She isn’t terribly stable and she falls fairly often, but she bounces back up and immediately starts bounding like a gazelle on the […]

Beggars At A Five-Star Feast

Hi. My name is Michael. I’m a foodie. There, I said it. I love food. But not just food…good food. Great food, actually. I love sourcing, serving and savoring it. Whether the artistic plating at a classic fine dining establishment, the organic offerings of a farm-to-table boutique or the homespun goodness of a southern lady’s […]

Now You See Him

Ever since that fateful day in My beautiful Garden when Adam turned and walked away, I kept trying to get them to see the real Me again. It is amazing how one choice on one day could change every other day forever. A viper’s whispered question about My love and motives planted a skeptical pause […]

Comfort and Joy

Christmas has two faces. I saw them both last night. After experiencing a wonderful Christmas choral production at my church, I was milling around talking to friends. Two of them made me keenly aware once again that there are two sides to this Season. Jerry, an older gentleman who had been experiencing serious heart problems, shared with […]

Every Longing Heart

Expectation. The word is forever tied to Christmas for me. Ever since I was little, the Season stretched on for at least a month and served as the most anticipated event of the year. The pile of presents under the tree grew almost daily. Covert moments of shaking those presents to decipher their content occupied time on […]

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