Advent post for Christine Sine's Godspace

I recently wrote a piece for Christine Sine’s Advent series: “Jesus is Near, How Do We Draw Close.” It really is about how I’m looking for Joy in my minivan life: “Joy in the Glorious, the Ordinary & the Dry.” I put a lot of heart into it and I’d love it if you’d check […]

Where the Soul resides

Setting up camp here today: Prayer is not a stratagem for occasional use, a refuge to resort to now and then. It is rather like an established residence for the innermost self. All things have a home: the bird has a nest, the fox has a hole, the bee has a hive. A soul without prayer […]

globalgirl Advent Adventure, day 21: Great Power, Great Light?

Perhaps a little power outage is just what the world needs. It was dusk when the power went out in our neighbourhood last night. At first, the kids were excited when I started lighting just about every candle in the house. But once the last rays of daylight were gone and the house took on […]

Three Choices: Offender, Forgiver or Distant Observer?

Yesterday, while entering into the story of the Prodigal Son through the latest Henri Nouwen book “Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son,” my heart took off to South Africa, the land of my birth, and my hopes for true reconciliation. It surprized me, at first. Why go there now, with […]

A Grace Reward

It just came to me that I should implement a Grace reward in our home. After a day with three young children (5, 4 and 19 months), sometimes it feels like my ears are still ringing from their high-pitched efforts to let me know how the others are falling short: “Mommy, Gabi is not letting […]