Lent, Day 24: Productive

Day 24: Productive

The following verse from Colossians came to mind: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

From time to time, I stop, think, and reflect upon these words.

Dear Lord, these are good words of Paul. Please, help me to follow them!

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Lent, Day 23: Nurture

Day 23: Nurture

Mary the Cat with Elizabeth


Our cat #MaryTheCat is sweet and affectionate.
My husband says she nestles in my lap because I am warm and nurturing, and Mary knows that I am a mama.


That may be true, but I know that Mary is a comfort to me, too.
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Lent, Day 20: Diagnose

Day 20: Diagnose

I’m working in healthcare once again; I am reminded of patients when I hear the word “diagnose.” As a hospice chaplain, the diagnoses my patients have are always very sad. 🙁

God bless all patients in hospice; God bless their families and loved ones, wherever they may be. Dear Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.

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Lent, Day 17: Unfolding

Day 17: Unfolding

With Lent coming as the winter blossoms into spring, I can’t help but think of unfolding in association with early spring flowers.

This photo is from last spring, when my husband Kevin and I went to one of my favorite places, the Chicago Botanic Garden. Unfolding!

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Lent, Day 16: Formation

Day 16: Formation

Many classes, teachers, mentors and individuals assisted in my formation. Including 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education. (Shout outs to Revs. Romy, Peter, Caroline and Mary, my CPE supervisors!) And, of course, appreciation to all 4 groups.

Yes, I spent many years in formation, and haven’t stopped yet! Thank You, Jesus, that You haven’t gotten fed up with me, either.

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Lent, Day 15: Direction

Day 15: Direction


Yesterday was the anniversary of my ordination, March 15, 2017.
What a wonderful day to remember! Certainly, a day for me to affirm the direction my life has taken for the past 20 years. My anniversary, or ordiversary (as the wonderful group RevGalBlogPals says!).
Praise God for direction.
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Lent, Day 13: Try

Day 13: Try

I remember Yoda (of “Star Wars” fame), when he told Luke: “Do, or do not. There is no try!”

Yoda’s words are disheartening to me. I honestly believe that by trying, by striving, I am doing the next right thing. Plus, I think God is pleased when I try, wholeheartedly. Thank God!

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Lent, Day 12: Frustrated

Day 12: Frustrated

There was a small winged insect flying around our apartment this evening. This was quite exciting for our cat, #MarytheCat! Mary spent the better part of an hour stalking that insect, even leaping into the air. To no avail – how frustrating! 🙁

How much is my life frustrating like that? Do I stalk things, and even leap in the air, only to be frustrated at not catching anything? Lord Jesus, help me. Show me how not to get so frustrated, please.

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