Learning to create boundaries…

As a parent, we always want what’s best for our children. Regardless of how good, reckless or indifferent they are, we long to see them all prosper, do well and have the best.  A couple weeks ago when my daughter returned home (leaving her relationship), I was happy, somewhat relieved and hope that it wasContinue reading “Learning to create boundaries…”

Listen to Yourself..

“There are two extremes to avoid: being completely absorbed in your own pain and being distracted by so many things that you stay far from the wound you want to heal” Henri Nouwen (The Inner Voice). One factor that makes the voice of the soul so difficult to hear is that its cries come outContinue reading “Listen to Yourself..”

Be the open you

Models of Life (The Authentic “Hero”) We can receive great encouragement from the way others live their lives. This is particularly so when we see them giving expression to values to which we aspire.  Nouwen states: We need to model those we would not readily classify as heroes …. laying down your life means makingContinue reading “Be the open you”

Standing in the battle

So I took a walk this morning just for some quiet time with God and as I opened up my devotion it was titled “My Own Needs”, “Facing our lack of freedom”. As I sit looking over the lake, I find it’s so funny how in the midst of what we’re going through God alwaysContinue reading “Standing in the battle”

Let the will of God be your life….

No Return: Giving oneself to God “When you leave the world to give yourself to God, there is no return.” Nouwen Questions to ponder… Can we only give ourselves to God by leaving the world? Or, conversely, do we only give ourselves to God by immersing ourselves in the concerns of the world? Or canContinue reading “Let the will of God be your life….”

Learning to see…

Even the most adoring parents imperfectly reflect who we are. The joys, fears and hurts that have shaped them are borne in their faces and are invisibly edged in the children’s hearts…. Privilege can be as profound as deprivation when it comes to our failure to see ourselves. Our circumstance, however varied, show up inContinue reading “Learning to see…”

Injustice rolls down….

Misperception is one of our global, multi generational nightmares. Racism, for example, doesn’t spring forth ex nihilo. It comes out of a heart that has been infected by the racist heart of another. Racial prejudice is a universal because it only takes a sub human heart to treat someone else subhumanly for that to beContinue reading “Injustice rolls down….”