Facing the Unexpected with Hope

Now this was unexpected! I planted sunflower seeds during the month of May. Like many flower-lovers, I looked forward to having sunflowers this year. They add a bright and bold accent to the landscape in mid-to-late summer here in New York, and they provide a...

What Do Your Words Say About You?

WHAT DO YOUR WORDS SAY ABOUT YOU? Do you remember the iconic scene in the movie The Miracle Worker, when blind and deaf-mute Helen Keller finally understands that the movements of Annie Sullivan’s fingers in her palm identifies the cool liquid pouring over her hand:...

A NEW BEGINING

A NEW BEGINNING Commencement, new beginnings. We had a lilac bush growing in our yard when we moved in two years ago. It looked, well, pathetic, but it still had leaves, so I wanted to give it another chance or two. This spring I finally told my husband, “Cut it...

LIVES TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN

LIVES TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN With schools and churches closed, businesses shuttered, so many people unemployed, and the fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus, we have lost control of certain aspects of our lives. It seems our lives have been turned upside-down. Sadly,...

A TIME to WAIT

A TIME to WAIT When a baby’s hungry, he experiences hunger pains and demands to be fed, usually with cries that increase in urgency and volume, until he is satisfied. In keeping with the agricultural imagery in Scripture, James uses the farmer who has to wait...