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My Proclamation of Faith (When My Life Does Not Make Sense)

This is not my statement of faith which I believe as an ordained minister. This is what I proclaim when my life no longer makes sense. This is what I have learned from being at the door of the Father’s heart. I learned this back in the early 1980s and it has sustained me through […]

The World Needs the Heartbreak You Risk

This is a video story I happened upon from my brother’s church. (The same one doing this coincidentally.) It is a beautifully gripping testimony of the pain of cancer and the pain of fatherlessness and the beauty that comes from both. So moving. Can you feel the holy tension in the questions raised? But most […]

Does the Pain Ever Feel Like Its In the Past?

I sincerely ask that question with an answer I don’t have for you. Today I was doing my volunteer duties as a part of juvenile probation. (I do love teenagers, even those who thankfully have these resources to change their direction.) I was just chatting up my favorite probation officer when he randomly started telling […]

The True Measure of Time is Called Hope. How?

Pope Francis has said something profound to ponder. I know. He generally does this all the time. That’s why he’s beloved by so many. In a letter to prisoners in Velletri, Italy, he wrote: “Inmates are living an experience in which time seems both to be stopped, and to never end. The true measure of […]

Follow the Heartbreak

“The brokenhearted are indeed the bravest among us—they dared to love, and they dared to forgive.” –Dr. Brene Brown This quote just gets me. I keep going back to it again and again and again. I must be the bravest mom out there because I sure am broken-hearted. And I’m still daring to love and […]

Seeking God from Overwhelmed Land

I own land in Overwhelmed Land.  I’m doing my best to keep it as a vacation home though.  A “vacation” I try not to take too often.  This is when life gets to be “too much” and I don’t know how to function day-to-day.  This is where my 37 years as a Christian and 34 […]

More Than the “Least of These”

I never intended for prison to become part of my life. I actually hate that it is part of my life. I never intended on becoming a mom either. I felt God tell me when I was 18 that I would never have children. I was 31 when the doctor told me why. (I was […]

The Beauty Behind Prison Walls

Humans of New York is a blog that features people of New York and around New York. It began as a simple project but has grown to have over 8 million followers on social media. Maybe because people like to hear stories about real people. Real people have good stories. In February Humans of New […]

I Walk with a Limp

This is not a physical limp. Though at times my heart is smashed so much I am physically ill. This is a limp that says “I’ve wrestled with God and did not let go…and won.” Jacob is my favorite Bible character. Yes, he’s a lot of a swarmy character. From his birth he was known […]

Pain is Not a Mistake to Fix

I hurt. Recently we completed a painful part of the justice system. The trial of our son. As I’ve shared, we’ve been here before…so many times. We’ve got just a few months left of his time at the local jail before he gets transferred to the prison system. Jail and prison are very very different. […]