Yesterday I was reflecting that I may be the most sentimental person in the world, Lord. And how important each item in my home is to me—or rather I reflected upon the significance of each piece of furniture in this, our Flintstone home. And I can only name two pieces of furniture, the wicker rocking chairs I purchased on sale at Ace Hardware, that … Read More Letters to the Lord: Sentimental Advent
At the beginning of each new year, I have done a yearly Examen (links at the end of this post)–it’s an ancient practice that involves looking back and looking forward, asking myself questions like: where have I seen God at work in my life? When did I feel his absence? What were the highs of last year? What were the lows? What can I … Read More Letters to the Lord: When the Lord Intercepted My Life
Dear Friends, It is such a gift and a privilege to share with you all today. I am so grateful to my dear friend, Elizabeth Musser, for her kindness in giving me the opportunity to share once again what’s on my heart right now. In this Christmas season, I am reflecting on the beauty of the seaside and the ocean, as I recently began … Read More Letters to the Lord: How Majestic Is Your Name In All The Earth!
Lord, I asked for a party that I don’t have to give, a party at Christmas, an age-old wish that I used to pronounce in France when I was young and missing Christmas in America. And now I’m older, much older, and living this Christmas season in America and once again asking. And You gave it, just like that, unexpectedly: Our Sunday School had … Read More Letters to the Lord: Asking and Receiving
Thanksgiving Week passed in a delightfully chaotic and joyful blur, Lord. At one point on Thursday, twenty-five of us ranging in age from 20 months to 87 years were spread around my father’s house. We managed to gather all the family in the front yard before eating the meal. The sky was cobalt blue and the mood was high. And we were deeply grateful. … Read More Letters to the Lord: Thankful Tuesday
Dear Lord, In the aftermath of Christmas celebrations, please tender my heart to the cradle and the cross. So often in this year I have sensed a deep longing in my soul, a loud yet silent lament for all that is not right. So often I have felt stymied and stagnant, incapable of doing the next thing or even knowing what that next thing … Read More Letters to the Lord: Sweet Celebrations and Silent Loud Lament
For the past several years I have been greatly blessed by The Advent Project, part of Biola University’s Center for Christianity and the Arts. The following is a devotional from December 15, 2020 which greatly encouraged me, and I pray it will be sweet for your soul, too. I have scattered photos above and throughout the post of my beloved French santons, carrying their … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Messiah’s Invitation
The tree is decorated, looking perfectly gorgeous with our imperfect and oh-so-special ornaments. The needlepoint stockings, those blessedly brought back by the angel of lost things, adorn the hearth, and this year I have added a green garland, little white lights, candles, and shiny balls there too. This feels festive and sweet and happy. Mamaw’s straw angels sit beside the fireplace on one side, … Read More Letters to the Lord: How Will Christmas Come?
Ten years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Meghan Lacey at a luncheon held in her honor at the Swan Coach House in Atlanta. Since then, Meghan and her mother Lyn have become dear friends. One special pleasure for me has been to watch Meghan’s developing talent as an artist. Years ago she gave me a lovely painting of the real Swan House … Read More Letters to the Lord: Introducing Artist Meghan Lacey