Category: REFLECTION AND BENEDICTION

A VALENTINE REFLECTION ON LOVE

(A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION) Monday, February 14th REFLECTION: As I write this Valentine’s Day post, my treasured relationships with family and friends are especially on my mind and in my heart… This weekend, we finally had our Christmas family gathering! We have planned… Continue Reading “A VALENTINE REFLECTION ON LOVE”

HOW HOPE REMAINS

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTIONJanuary 24th REFLECTION: I took this photo a few years ago, but this week it captures the way hope feels to me these days. My hope is believing the cloud will eventually pass. My hope is sensing a brighter day… Continue Reading “HOW HOPE REMAINS”

A DEEPER DOWNSIZING

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(January 17th) REFLECTION: When we moved to West Virginia a few years ago, Jim and I decided to downsize by taking fewer belongings with us and finding a smaller home. We soon enjoyed the benefits of simpler… Continue Reading “A DEEPER DOWNSIZING”

“NA-NO-WRI-MO”

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(Friday, October 29th) REFLECTION: My reflection for this week is probably best told just as it unfolded for me… I had been pondering a different idea for this week’s post. The general theme seemed pretty clear, but… Continue Reading ““NA-NO-WRI-MO””

FILLING IN THE GAPS

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(Friday, October 22nd) REFLECTION: My friend Debbie and I were chatting over coffee one morning, finally reconnecting after months of isolation. We both had been feeling uninspired; we sensed a lack of purpose or direction, and we… Continue Reading “FILLING IN THE GAPS”

THE WORDS WE CHOOSE

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(Friday, October 15th) REFLECTION: A few days ago, as I journaled my morning prayers and reflections, I felt God asking me, “If you could begin fresh and new in every way possible, what would be the first… Continue Reading “THE WORDS WE CHOOSE”

CHANGING LANDSCAPES

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(Friday, October 8th) REFLECTION: When we first moved to our home here in West Virginia, I was so happy to discover a place along my neighborhood walking route that offered a quiet, solitary moment among beautiful hills… Continue Reading “CHANGING LANDSCAPES”

HUMBLY HUMAN… AND HOLY

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(Friday, October 1st) REFLECTION: The highlight of my week was an overnight retreat with my friend, Nancy! We were inspired, comforted, and challenged as we learned about Boundless Compassion at Lial Renewal Center (the retreat was based… Continue Reading “HUMBLY HUMAN… AND HOLY”

BAGGAGE CLAIM

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(Friday, September 24th) REFLECTION: Looking back on this week, I am grateful for the many blessings of each day! But, as I lamented with my sister, I often felt as if I had just solved a problem,… Continue Reading “BAGGAGE CLAIM”

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION (INTRODUCTION)

Dear Reader Friends, I have always loved the benediction at the end of a worship service. The benediction serves to close our time together, and to bless us as we “depart in peace to love and serve others.” Our worship service is a time… Continue Reading “A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION (INTRODUCTION)”