Not All Is Merry and Bright

Not All Is Merry and Bright

To the one whose Christmas isn’t all merry and bright, I see you. I see your pain. I see you struggling with decorations and gifts and lists, wondering if you can do any of it at all. I see you dreading the gatherings because you don’t think you can feel joy. I see...
Unveiling the Masks

Unveiling the Masks

How many times have you put on a mask? I’m not talking about a COVID mask…I’m talking about the mask no one else can see. The mask that hides your true emotions and doesn’t let anyone on the outside see what you’re dealing with. You know…that one. I didn’t even...
The God Who Stays

The God Who Stays

I don’t know what it is, but I can’t seem to get myself (and kids) to church on Sundays lately. I wish I knew what was causing my hesitation. In the past, we’ve been regulars. Besides being in a global pandemic, I don’t believe I have any valid...
Who Are You Looking Up To?

Who Are You Looking Up To?

Last week was my mom’s birthday. She would’ve turned seventy-six. She’s been gone for four and a half years already, which doesn’t seem possible. Some parts of my life stopped when she died. I lost some relationships, I dealt with a lot of the...
Do You Have Hope?

Do You Have Hope?

We’ve had a few tragic and unexpected losses in our community lately. Some were expected because of age or health conditions, but some weren’t. When you’re from a small town (I believe we’re still under 900 residents) they all affect you in some way. Whether you knew...