Tag: patience

A Cup of Hope, Isaiah 40:1-11

 December 1, 2020

This week as many Christian churches light the first candle on the Advent wreath, the candle of hope, I offer you my reflections on hope – a cup of hope! Handel’s Messiah One of my Advent traditions is to listen to the Messiah. I’ve been doing this since high school. The overture is one of […]

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Psalm 123: Waiting on God

 May 7, 2020

Some days are filled with wonder over all that God has done, others not so much. Perhaps you are feeling discouraged as the weeks of sheltering in place and being confronted by the coronavirus everywhere you go creep into months. Perhaps you feel stuck in a state of limbo, getting nowhere fast, waiting for good […]

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Psalm 70: Hurry Up!

 April 30, 2019

When you or a loved one are sick, it’s easy to become impatient with the slow healing process. You can’t wait for them to get better. The writer of Psalm 70 knows about being in a hurry! Dealing with Sick Kids When my kids were in grade school, it seemed that between snow days, special […]

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Psalm 37 – Good Things Come to those Who Wait!

 September 5, 2018

Waiting is a routine part of life. We are always waiting for something or someone. Yet, for all the waiting we do, most of us do it poorly. We are in a hurry, easily frustrated and can burst into anger when we have to wait more than a minute for a download of a video […]

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Celebrating Advent -My Gift to You!

 December 3, 2017

I love the Advent season. While society is rushing to Christmas, I savor the sights and sounds of Advent with somber purples and music that speaks of longing and anticipation. I love the Advent readings which speak of hope to a people praying for the long awaited Savior. Yes, I’m not a purist. I do […]

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Even the Sparrow

 October 26, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability I am a sparrow, plain and brown, small. I can slip unnoticed into your life and out again. I am shy. Do not lunge at me for I will fly away. But if you patiently wait, I may come and sit on your lap. I will sing to you […]

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Work in Progress

 August 23, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability My home is a work in progress. I can never completely leave it alone. I have projects half done, lying about as a reminder to finish them. No sooner do I finish one project than I begin another. I have plans to take me into the next decade and […]

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Francis de Sales – Golden Counsels

 January 24, 2017

Ordinary Time “Be patient with everyone, especially yourself,” part of the Golden Counsels of St. Francis de Sales. Golden nuggets, sifted from a life time of devotion, simple, straight forward, practical and helpful. Gold, found in its natural form, sifted by prospectors from amidst rocks and sand, is not like the gold we wear in […]

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How Soon Is Soon?

 November 29, 2016

Advent – Season of Hope “Soon,” a voice whispers in the night to the woman in prayer awaiting the birth of her first child. “How soon?” she responds.  She hears no answer.   “Soon,” the dying man hears. “But when?” he asks.  No answer   “Soon,” the voice says to troubled parents waiting for news […]

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ADVENT – Season of Hope!

 November 28, 2016

In a world of hopelessness and despair, in a world filled with false hope based on fleeting promises and false gods, true hope often eludes us.  Hope is more than an abstract concept concerned with some distant future.  Genuine hope must be connected to everyday reality yet grounded in the confident assurance that these things […]

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