Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." (Matthew 2:2) I love this image of the Magi. Oriental king-makers, seeking the One they had read about in the Jewish scriptures -- which… Continue reading Before Christmas was a thing …
Friday was a day of surprises. A day of trading places. At 2:00 that afternoon, my son, Nathan, drove me to my pre-op appointment at an office next to the hospital. This is for the second surgery. Tuesday's was textbook perfect. I am back to normal, as you will see. But by 5:00, he felt nauseous… Continue reading Trading Places
On a field trip recently, since I simply rode in the bus, I took in the autumn sights: the rolling hills with red and golden trees, the clear blue of the sky, the scattered clouds. What if, I thought. What if I had not lived to see this season? I have every reason to be… Continue reading Thankful is a way of life
Some of you know that I was facing another surgery this December. Happy thought indeed! This would be a more invasive one, involving blood transfusions and everything. Not that Miss Shake-It-Off Sepsis Recovery Girl has anything against surgery or transfusions, but she would prefer to avoid them. As would anyone. Many faithful friends prayed. Students prayed. Colleagues… Continue reading When the doctor can’t stop smiling
In nine days, it will be six months since I was admitted to ICU. Septic infection (urinary tract infection plus blockage caused by kidney stones) caught everyone by surprise. For five days (three of them while sedated on a ventilator), my body struggled to win the fight for life. And yet here I am, back… Continue reading Day 34: When ‘Shake It Off’ takes a while
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9) Three weeks ago to the day I stumbled into the emergency room. I thought I was having an allergic reaction to an antibiotic I’d started taking for a urinary tract infection. Little did I know that the infection had crossed… Continue reading When the doctor says, “You know, you almost died.”
Of all the attributes of love, mercy and forgiveness are perhaps the most cherished. I marvel at the many times God has shown mercy to me, and I remind myself that He asks me to extend that same forgiveness to others. But do we treasure those second chances? Or do we presume that there will… Continue reading Treasure the second chance
I do take notes, and sometimes I find them. I am for your best interest. A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17) I will help you become all that God wants you to be. Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) I will continually… Continue reading Friendship Affirmations
Hauntingly beautiful, ever true. A much-loved carol from the 12th century. In Bethlehem upon that morn There was a blessed Messiah born. Merry Christmas!
"He is risen, indeed." Who better to portray the drama of Christ's resurrection than Rembrandt? I love this painting, not only for the energy of the angel (and the tumbled Roman guards), but also for the triumphant Christ behind him, resplendent as light. Rembrandt's firstborn son was born and died in the year The Resurrection… Continue reading He is risen!