The Possibility of Extraordinary


  It’s Christmas season, a time of year when we focus on joy, yet how do we overcome those days and weeks when joy seems so distant?   Yesterday was one of those days for me, well, in all honesty, this entire week has been filled with days like this. I’ve been under a tremendous … Continue reading The Possibility of Extraordinary

You Light up My Life


  “And lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy” (Matthew 2:9a-10 NASB).   I always loved going to Santa’s Workshop when I was in elementary school. … Continue reading You Light up My Life

We Need Each Other: An Advent Reflection


“And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger” (Luke 2:7a NASB).   God the Son comes to earth as a newborn baby. This baby Jesus was not self-sufficient in any way and he completely depended upon others to care for him, nourish him, … Continue reading We Need Each Other: An Advent Reflection

Advent: The Need for Urgency


“Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth” (Luke 1:39-40 NRSV). As we reflect this Advent season, we need to ask ourselves if we are living our faith with a sense of urgency. Immediately … Continue reading Advent: The Need for Urgency

When the Happiest Days Become the Hardest


  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

Seeing Graduation from the Margins of Disability


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