Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Echoes of a Life

It is just “stuff,” really.  There are antiques, paintings, dishes, books, rugs, odds and ends, and they are all piled into a storage unit, behind a locked door, in the dark.  It is as if they do not have a … Continue reading

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Sacred Tears

“There is a sacredness in tears.  They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.  They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.  They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.”  Washington Irving I had a familiar conversation today … Continue reading

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The Peace of Wild Things

“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests … Continue reading

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When Hope is Hard

I have all these phrases running through my head tonight, phrases about hope. There is that wonderful line from “The Shawshank Redemption”:  “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”   Or … Continue reading

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The Truth Will Set You Free

I went to a meeting of the Holistic Neighborhoods partners today in Kingston.  This is a group that has been working for several months on a program of revitalization and empowerment in the Kingston neighborhood, a section of North Avondale … Continue reading

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Healing Rain

As I sit here this morning, the rain is falling outside my window.  It is a welcome sight–this rain that is steadily, softly, gently falling to water a scorched and parched earth.  Here in Birmingham, we along with so much … Continue reading

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An Accident of Birth

I received a wonderful gift today.  A member of the IPC mission team to Africa, who has just returned home, brought me a packet of letters from the students we provide with scholarships so that they can continue their schooling … Continue reading

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