Category Archives: Hope

Hoping at Christmas

Is there something you unpack at Christmastime that fills you with nostalgia for Christmases past? When you bring out the garland and ornaments and decorations, what takes you on a mental journey back through time? For me, it’s Sunny the Bear. Each year, Sunny … Continue reading

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Finding the Wonder

How are you doing on finding the wonder of this holiday season? Yesterday I sang in a concert in a church that’s almost a century old. It’s a welcoming place, with all of the burnished wood, elegant pews, soaring ceilings decorated … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Light

Lights add brilliance to the holiday season. At Disneyland you’ll find lights upon lights this time of year. I’d heard that Small World is especially charming all lit up. During the day, the huge front of this attraction is white … Continue reading

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Picturing Peace

How do you picture peace? Is your life peaceful on the surface but maybe not so peaceful just below? This is the tranquil scene I found recently in the countryside of Massachusetts. Trees turning red and yellow in early autumn, … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks for the Now

Autumn brings us an array of changing leaves. What do you think of when you see the reds and oranges, and yellows? Beauty, for sure. This season, I’ve also been more aware of how short a time this breathtaking palette … Continue reading

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Good Reads: The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak This is a story showing — not just telling about — the power of words. Through words, strong cords of love form in the midst of a war relying on the power of might and beatings … Continue reading

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A Promise in the Bends and Twists

In the thick of the forest . . . . . . have you ever noticed that some trees grow bent? Some trees lean, looking like they may topple to the ground. Young trees fail to reach directly skywards. Established trees display … Continue reading

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