Yielding

I continue to wait. But, sometimes I feel like a horse being brought into the corral to be broken for the first time. I trot around and snort a little nervously, willing, I think, to yield. Then comes the bridle and bit. I start dancing around, running around the corral for short bursts, then standing Read More …

Love Changes Everything

Two family members having a strained conversation, one elderly and one younger. Strangers. My heart listening between the words spoken. A disconnect occurred in their relationship in the past. They have reached a superficial level of communication, each one wanting to hear what the other cannot or will not speak. The underlying desire for reconciliation Read More …

Bell Ringer

Ringing the bell for the Salvation Army had been my desire through many Christmas seasons, and I finally decided to act on it and sign up this year. Over the course of five Saturdays at different locations I was blessed by interactions with people. There were friendly greetings exchanged, nice words spoken, laughter shared, and Read More …

The Outdoor Tree Adventure

Excerpt from “Showered By Grace” (from Chapter 4, “Love Touches”) “We were very excited for our first Christmas together and spent many hours searching for the perfect tree. We agreed on an artificial tree, as we had carpet and wanted to decorate it Thanksgiving weekend. We shared our childhood Christmas memories as we shopped. Scott’s Read More …

Divine Love

We were gathered with Scott’s family at his parents’ cottage in Michigan in late spring of 2008. This was my first visit to the lake following my move to Goshen and I was ecstatically happy. He had grown up visiting the cozy cottage every summer and that excitement had faded through familiarity over the years. Read More …

Threads Of Love

Scott and I drove over to Mishawaka, Indiana, one Saturday for some shopping and lunch, probably followed by a coffee later in the evening for the drive back to Goshen. Typically we stopped at one of the large shopping centers in the city, but instead Scott drove to the downtown area and parked in front Read More …

Repentance

I recently finished reading a wonderful book written by a man from Indonesia who has served God for many decades. In the late 1960s he visited the United States for the first time as a young man. He had a fifty-cent piece in his pocket, given by a friend. He looked at the words, “In Read More …

Pancakes

There were many delightful discoveries in my relationship with Scott. One of the most enjoyable was revealed after my move to Goshen. Our first trip to the grocery store together was a fun experience. We traveled up and down every aisle in constant conversation as we revealed our personal preferences for food choices, store brands Read More …

Fragrance of Memories

I shared in “Showered By Grace” about Scott’s surprise gift of Tresor at our last Christmas together. Though a familiar display on cosmetic counters in fine stores, I had never used this fragrance. I had worn Chanel No. 5 for several years and also Chloe, Shalimar, and Romance in the past. Scott had chosen Tresor Read More …

The Haircut

My friend’s hair was shorter than usual, and she confirmed she had recently visited a salon. We were huddled on a porch trying to reestablish warm familiarity, after not seeing each other for many weeks. This was our first meeting following an uncomfortable break in communication. It was chilly and the rain was steadily falling Read More …