On Gratitude

It is more than being thankful as our mothers taught us.  Henri Nouwen says it well: “Gratitude is not a simple emotion or an obvious attitude.” Read the entire quote on today’s Daily Dig from Plough Publishing: http://www.plough.com/en/subscriptions/daily-dig/even/october/daily-dig-for-october-29 I have only begun to appreciate the riches of maintaining a grateful stance.  As Nouwen says, it is a difficult discipline, but it is one of the … Continue reading On Gratitude

You and Francis Give Me Hope

If you love autumn and want to enjoy the loveliness of blazing colors, to settle into the coziness of coming in from the chill of the outdoors, feel content with life, then don’t open your Facebook account.  If your feed is like mine, it is filled with some version of fear, despair, or anger.  All three probably appear in the same post from one friend … Continue reading You and Francis Give Me Hope

Just as Grandma Would Do

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.”  (2 Timothy 1:5)  Her name was Cora.  She was a Midwestern preacher’s wife in the early twentieth century.  She raised five children with stern discipline and a strong faith.  Yet she also performed her myriad household duties … Continue reading Just as Grandma Would Do