The festivity, the joy, the excitement of the people filled the streets as Jesus humbly rode by on a donkey. The palm branches symbolized victory for the Israelites and the phrase, “Hosanna,” was a declaration, a cry for salvation, “Save us!” They listened, all eighteen first and second grader, eyes fixed on me as I began telling them the familiar story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into … [Read more...] about Hosanna: A Holy Week Meditation
**This post contains an affiliate link.** As I’m finishing 2017 and entering 2018, I'm reading Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Father Gregory Boyle. Father Boyle is a Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries, a ministry to ex-gang members in East L.A. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it for 2018. As I reflect on 2017 and look ahead to 2018, I know … [Read more...] about Don’t Focus on the Narrow, Narrow your Focus
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7I’ll be honest here. I have been avoiding writing this blog the last few days. Why? I didn’t want to dampen the Christmas spirit writing about the plight of foster kids. Sounds cowardly? Maybe. But I can’t avoid it any longer. I need to … [Read more...] about No Room in the Inn: An Advent Reflection of a Foster Mom
I woke up one morning this Advent season with a song bursting from my heart. “Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing….” I’ve been ruminating on the words of this song. Although not a new song, I feel as though I have been caught up in its joy, its proclamation, and its hope this season. The lyrics capture … [Read more...] about Let Earth Receive Her King! An Advent Reflection
The other night, we had beans and rice for dinner. Nothing else. It was not by choice. This was what was served. Our kids and I spent a few days serving at a Youth With A Mission base in central California where we packaged dried food for the poor for distribution in various parts of the world. The hosts thought it would be good for us Americans to experience what many people in developing … [Read more...] about Can You Feast with Crumbs?
Will you consider rediscovering thanks giving with me? More than any other years, I am glad that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Why? Honestly, it has been a tough year for me. It has been a year where I have felt deep pain on multiple occasions. From the sudden, tragic losses of lives, to my own failures in love and generosity, to feeling heavy from all the upheaval in our world, I feel … [Read more...] about Rediscover Thanks Giving