Today is my brother’s birthday. Nick would have been 44 today. This is the third birthday without Nicky, and I really miss our yearly birthday calls. This is one of those days that I find myself teary-eyed and sad. In all honesty, I will probably have to occasionally stop and wipe my eyes so … Continue reading When the Happiest Days Become the Hardest
It is May. I am rejoicing, and I am overwhelmed. For me, the month of May this year is like the oft-quoted beginning of A Tale of Two Cities: it is the best of times; it is the worst of times—at least emotionally it is. My son is graduating from high school and I am … Continue reading Seeing Graduation from the Margins of Disability
After Jesus is arrested, Peter is secretly following Jesus to see what is happening. Scripture shows that fear dictates Peter’s responses when Peter is accused of knowing Jesus and traveling with him. Peter adamantly denies knowing Jesus, not once, but three times. “Immediately, while he [Peter] was still speaking, a rooster crowed. The Lord turned … Continue reading A Day to Weep: The Grief of Good Friday
Joshua 1-3: Crossing the Jordan Moses has died. How different the Promised Land must have looked to Joshua and the people of Israel as they viewed the land beyond the Jordan through grief-stricken eyes. They had envisioned coming to the Promised Land with Moses, and now they would be entering it without him. It must … Continue reading Is There Hope Beyond the Jordan? Facing a New Year.