He left this world on June 2, 2007. The loss of Davis 13 years ago has allowed plenty of time to reflect. Loss is complex and grieving is an intensely personal & sacred journey. His death shattered me and it took time to find the pieces to rebuild a new picture of life. But loss […]
I’m reflecting today on goodness, mercy and all the things I am so grateful for. Three weeks ago, my husband received a phone call from a cardiologist following a routine cardiogram (he was born with a heart murmur). He was instructed to stop everything he was doing – we were at an event breakfast – […]
Last week, we were heading west on a road trip through the mountains. Along the way were large tracks of land that had been devastated by forest fires. The many shades of green in the forest were in sharp contrast to the stark charcoal matchsticks that were once trees. We stopped at a few viewpoints […]
I cried myself to sleep after watching the television interviews and reading the news about the Humboldt Broncos hockey team accident. It is a tragedy of mammoth proportion in our neighboring province. The shocking reality is the loss of so many, some just too young yet be taken. They were only beginning to live their […]
Why does a loving God allow suffering? I have suffered many losses in my life but none as great as losing my son. Suffering follows a sacrifice. They are inseparable. Suffering is permitted by God to enlarge us, to grow our love and compassion. Our suffering touches all of those around us. How we deal […]
Men grieve in more isolation, I’ve observed. There were few men who came alongside my husband as he mourned the death of our son. The positive comments I’ve heard about Nightfall to Daybreak from male readers matters very much to me. Although I’ve written the book as a love song from a mother’s brokenness, the […]
January ushers in hope for the months that follow in this new year. Newness feels good. It prompts reflection on the past as I move ahead, anticipating what’s in store. What have I learned? What must I treasure up to build upon? Are there things I need to purge, let go of?
I had a long checklist going on in my head as I sped down the freeway. Exiting onto the ramp, I was warned by the road sign about the curve I was preparing to negotiate. If I didn’t obey the road sign and slow down my speed, I’d be out of control and have a […]
I’ve been watching the sun rise this morning. In its fullness, it appears as a bright red ribbon above the horizon, giving rise to the day. A ribbon is the finishing touch around a gift. Today is that gift, intended to surprise and delight. What will that gift hold? I accept it with outstretched arms. […]
As you grieve, don’t forget that: -broken wings heal when they’re set properly. -all loss is painful and should never be diminished. -a seed needs to break open to grow newness and beauty.