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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Pain and Hope

  I woke suddenly in the wee hours, the dark hours. Was it the weird dream I was having? Maybe. But aside from that, I immediately was aware that I had passed the anniversary of my first child’s death and … Continue reading

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About Grief

From my daily readings by C. S. Lewis…………………………………. Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same … Continue reading

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May 23, 2015–And it is the last goodbye . . .

And it is the last goodbye . . . After a cold, Canadian winter, the soil is thawed, the soil turned, the grave dug. Earth that sprang forth flowers and vegetables from your tilling and tending touch, earth turned and … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Death is Hard

Death is hard. Though so much a part of life, we never quite get used to it. Our youthful, anticipating days, dreams of El Dorado, meld into the rhythm of responsible days lived in responsible ways, and that end seems … Continue reading

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I Believe in Fairytales

Once vital, once there—blood, red and pulsing, but as I finger your graying flesh, warmth is gone.  How can cold creep so quickly through these veins and arteries—and where did you go in that whispered breath, to leave this shell … Continue reading

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Spent

Withered, wafer thin, and worn—palliative, it would seem. And all your glories seem forgotten in the pressing now, and you lean a little more, and you breathe a little harder, and you respond less as the mind fails and the … Continue reading

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On Trinkets and Treasure

And we collect trinkets our whole lives, this’s and that’s—so much useless stuff, scraps of memory designed to hold the moment now long gone, and it doesn’t matter in the end, when others sift through the detritus of a life, … Continue reading

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To the Endless

It’s fleeting. We’ve always known—at least in one part of the brain— but we are tempted to despair. When that last breath hovers soft on the air, the passing life feels more real somehow than just belief—but at the same time like … Continue reading

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Angel in the Rough

She was an angel, I think, if angels can be plain, rough, and all crisp around the edges, dressed in hygienic blue. I had read all the La Leche books; and so as it pertained to breastfeeding, I was good … Continue reading

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The Book of Uncommon Prayers: We Grieve Who Are Left

We grieve who are left, for his pain is done. The stresses and pressures of providing in this work-a-day world are replaced with light and bright hope fulfilled.  It is all he ever wanted.  It is all he ever believed in. But it … Continue reading

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