This is my 500th post.
It seemed a good time to pause, to thank God for words, and friends, and encouraging readers.
There has been an ebb and flow, but I am thankful for the discipline of writing, reflecting and this amazing platform of blogging which was an unknown not so many years ago.
I've almost quit a number of times and then hear such encouraging feedback that I keep going. Thank you to those who have encouraged me!
I find it interesting that some of the top ten blogs are about people - the blog about my mother - Conversations with Mom - is number one. So many people loved mom, and I write about her last days at hospice, almost six years ago. She inspires me, and believed in me.
I've been at hospice often lately, and I sense her presence there - so many of the staff remember her. She was an inspiration and portrayed courage and hope in the most difficult of circumstances.
Number two spot goes to another of my role models, my paternal grandmother. Part of her story is written in my book A Journey of Hope . I wrote the story of my Grandma Annie a few years ago, on her birthday. She will always be a special person in my life, and you can read all about it here: A Woman to Honour and Remember.
The third place blog goes to "God Cares about the Little Things." This was written a year ago, and I share some of the every day miracles that I have experienced in my work as a hospital chaplain. In fact, I'm thinking this one might make the cut for my next booklet of stories I'm hoping to produce sometime this year.
The other top blogs are these:
4. Silent Night One of my favourites, written in the Christmas Season, November 30, 2012. One of the first of many blogs.
5. A Tribute to My Dad Another role model, my dad, almost 88 - his birthday is this week! He is going strong, and loved by many. I think this attributed to the popularity of this blog!
6. Things are not always as they Seem. This was a piece I wrote about the labels we use, and how we need to be aware!
7. Living in the Land of Limbo This is another blog about hospice, which I wrote during my mom's three month stay there. I've been thinking about this much recently as I journey with those who wait for their final destination - a holy waiting that is not always easy.
8. On the Subject of Healing This blog was written with much thought and preparation. It was not easy to write, but generated a lot of good conversation. I was thankful I was able to put the wrestling of my mind into words.
9. An Invitation This blog was written at the beginning of the Advent series in 2017, and also talked about the work of my sister Cathy who inspires other through her work of music and spiritual direction.
10. A Grandmother goes Flying Perhaps it is good to end with a humorous piece, although the event of flying in this case was challenging to say the least. But I lived to tell the story!
So there you are, the top 10 of 500.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Every so often I look in the mirror and am surprised... since I’ve reached sixty, there are certain changes I don’t always embrace. Sometimes it seems my mother is looking back at me, and I see the resemblance!
I remember mom well at age 65 mourning her wrinkles, and I was sad with her. I remember my own determination that I would ease into that stage... but I think, especially for women in our culture, it is a stage we avoid as long as we can. And we are fed all sorts of hopeful information to help us with that.
Last week we came across this old window shutter and it spoke to me.
Isn’t it beautiful? Full of character.
It sat in the middle of a historical site, and I wondered... if window frames could talk... what had this one seen? Who had framed it; strong arms, wielding primitive-to-us tools to create this window covering, practical and protective. What family stories lie within these walls... and outside?
It reminded me that we have all have stories to tell... and a life rich with story and memories and tales is a beautiful thing.
This week we are celebrating the birthday of a dear relative, and it strikes me in the richness of his life, both difficulties and adventures , yes, and life-long physical challenges, yet there is this overcoming and joy that bubbles to the surface. There is a focus on family and gratefulness and faith that God has seen him through.
This morning as we listened to Pray as You Go (a lovely devotional site with daily prayers), the prayer of St Theresa of Avila was sung, one of my favorite Prayers.
I like this translation of it:
“Let nothing disturb you
nothing alarm you
While all things fade away
God is unchanging
and you will gain everything.
For with God in your heart
Nothing is lacking
God is enough.”
Yes, all things fade away. For those of us whose lives are long our bodies will tell the stories.
And yes, our bodies will bear witness to our choices of living peacefully, and accepting our path with grace, or responding with bitterness.
It reminds me of this encouraging verse from the book of Romans 5:3-4 which says
This brings me hope!
May the lives we lead produce character and beauty that comes from within.
Our lives will tell the story.