“Man on a shooting spree in Memphis, police say.” The headline scrawled across the television said it all, but I was busy with my shrimp and grits. My husband and I had joined colleagues for dinner Wednesday, and we were having a lovely time on the veranda of a midtown restaurant.
For Christians, Holy Week, the seven days before Easter, is a time for serious reflection, contemplation, for being still, and grappling with the full meaning of what is about to transpire. For those who don’t celebrate Easter, it’s just another week and nothing to get worked up about.
February is Heart Month and if there’s anything that deserves recognition, it’s this little heart-shaped miracle beating inside our chests. Of course, I know it’s not heart shaped—I watch television—but today it’s more important than ever to take care of our hearts, both literally and physically.
January 2022, a new year, and another opportunity to greet what’s in store. Like the McDonald’s commercial, “I’m loving it!” The wonderful thing about this first month of the year is the fresh outlook it offers, the chance to finish what we’ve started, and to chart a new path.
As 2021 swirls rapidly to an end and we prepare to greet another new year, it’s important that we pause and show some love and respect for all we’ve experienced, endured, and overcome the past 12 months. Most of us probably expected a pandemic-free year and a return to some sense of what we call normal.
I think December 10 should be declared a red-letter day—where mail delivery stops and federal offices are closed—and here’s why: it’s National Human Rights Day and it could be a gentle reminder about the importance of treating everyone around us with respect, dignity, and kindness no matter their gender, age, race, political views, or social status.
“In everything, give thanks.” These four simple words from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 speak volumes, especially as we pause to give thanks for our blessings. This is National Family Week and as we celebrate Thanksgiving and the beginning of the official Christmas season, let’s begin at the beginning.
Live today in brilliant color for tomorrow is coming soon
In less than 30 days, if I am still alive, and I hope to be, my birthday will come, and I will have lived 24,088 days. In the grand scheme of things, this is but the blink of an eye, a blip in time, and yet, I believe my time on earth has been amazing, momentous, and important.
What the world needs now is human kindness, and lots of it I wept this week as I watched news reports about recent flooding in Tennessee, saw the destruction caused by wildfires, earthquakes, and hurricanes, heard the heartbreak of overwhelmed healthcare providers as the number of children hospitalized kept rising from COVID-related illnesses. The pictures … Read more
I don’t always think literally, but that’s usually my first stop. If you ask me to share resources, my first thought is money, and since finances have a beginning and an end, if it’s not urgent or something I’m passionate about, that may end the conversation.