Glimmers of Grace

Emmaus Eyes

Emmaus Eyes

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while...

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Bright Monday: Rolling Away the Stone

Bright Monday: Rolling Away the Stone

This morning—Bright Monday, the day after Easter—I read the online Easter Sunday reflection from the Henri Nouwen Society. As the mother of an adult son with autism, Nouwen’s writings invariably bring me encouragement and hope. But today, one quote from the short...

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Sand Dollar (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Sand Dollar (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Buffeted by ocean tumult Crucified on timeless beach Buried by storm and sand Risen whole Exposed by tide Bleached by sun Carried home as talisman Lesson in adversity Delicate as baby's breath Brittle as old woman's bone Weightless as Christ's presence Powerful as...

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God, My Rock, My Shelter in the Storm

God, My Rock, My Shelter in the Storm

Building an Altar Just before the coronavirus pandemic snaked its insidious, invisible way around the globe, I put together a small altar in my writing room. It’s a place to sit and remember who I am and whose I am—a daughter of the Most High God. On it sits an icon...

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Where I Want to Live My Life

Where I Want to Live My Life

The visible world is an active doorway to the invisible world, and the invisible world is much larger than the visible. St. Francis Being in God's presence in meditation is more "real" than the world where I can touch, taste, and see. I want to live my life so...

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Lessons from a Monarch

Lessons from a Monarch

O, Lady! Queen of summer I watch you choose With lilting grace Perfect blossom for farewell kiss. Wings open, close, open, close Say to me Slow down Gaze Breathe. Wings closed reveal etched stain glass Solemn and beautiful as Cathedral windows glowing in sunlight. Yet...

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2018: Beauty of the Dance

2018: Beauty of the Dance

I Immersed in shaft of January sunlight, I open last year’s journal to reflect on what’s gone before. I pull used tissue from pocket, and with breath through nose tiny particles of tissue explode. White fireworks dance in slant of sun in which I sit, rise, fall,...

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Overcoming the Enemy (Part 1 of 2)

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about] these things. (Philippians 4:8, NRSV) As I...

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Broken Open

Broken Open

She stands, eyes cast down, face thin and pale. Mother Mary, who said yes to carrying the Son of God in her womb. The fear! The joy! The expectancy! The submissive spirit, casting reputation to the wind! Nine months to wonder—who will he look like? What kind of...

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Emmaus Eyes

I love Luke's Easter story, The Road to Emmaus. The story goes like this: On Sunday, the 3rd day after Jesus' crucifixion, the same day that He appeared to Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb, two disciples walk from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus. It is a long walk...

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