Easterly Reflections

There’s nothing like Holy Week to offer me a reality check. I admit things haven’t been going how I want. Hence, my selfish thoughts of late have been focused on this “oh, woe is me” attitude. Yes…I admit I’ve been...Read More
Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification

As a clinician I work with patients from varying backgrounds. One thing that reigns true across the board, though, is the struggle to persuade my younger patient population of the value in delayed gratification. For example, dedication and hard work...Read More
Distinguishing Santa Claus from Jesus Christ

Distinguishing Santa Claus from Jesus Christ

The children could hardly contain their excitement at church last week when the sermon made mention of Santa Claus. In reality, the message turned out to be very thought-provoking: Santa is not to be confused with Jesus Christ. The topic...Read More

The Gift of Parenting

Parents welcoming their first child into the world hail it a gift from God. The second is described as a miracle and parents feel more comfortable and confident knowing they have been through the process once already. Yet, things are...Read More
Tag! You’re It!

Tag! You’re It!

The first time I skipped a rock across the pond in my backyard, I stared at its effects, mesmerized by the ripples. I remember wondering if the concentric circles would reach the bank on the other side. There was a...Read More
Light and Dark

Light and Dark

O Lord, I thank you for the light that shines from within! Help me this day to recognize the several points of light that shine within me: the light of faith, the light of hope, the light of love! Regardless...Read More

Power of Prayer

Merciful Father in Heaven, look down in Your love upon all those who protect us and ours from the ravages of fire and flame. Grant them the courage and skills to carry out their duties well and safely. When they...Read More
God Nourishes

God Nourishes

The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those...Read More
Signs, Sound Effects, and Guidance

Signs, Sound Effects, and Guidance

A Short Prayer for Guidance Heavenly Father, thank you for Your guidance. Forgive me for getting ahead of Your plans, and help me know when to stop and listen for Your direction. Your ways are perfect, Lord. Thank you for...Read More
Free Refills on Prayer

Free Refills on Prayer

Serenity Prayer God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;  courage to change the things I can;  and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time;  enjoying one moment at a time;  accepting...Read More