faith, Pandemic Wisdom

What Are You Looking At?

It's called mirroring. It happens in a variety of ways. It has been called the "social glue" in human relationships. When we are interested in another human being, we subconsciously mirror or match another person's movements. We match facial expressions, body language, speech patterns or even attitudes. Mirroring must be hard wired in us because… Continue reading What Are You Looking At?

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Mystery, Magic and Grace

For all of us, these last months have been the strangest. We've learned so much, given up so much. We've struggled, wrestled and argued. We've learned how to mask up and stay home. We've learned how to do without. And still we are tiptoeing our way forward, everything now a calculated risk about how to… Continue reading Mystery, Magic and Grace

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The Unexpected Guests

Early morning, I step outside to walk. I breathe deeply and feel the fresh air fill my lungs. I see the first pink and coral light of the sunrise to come. My spirit soars. All is well. God is close. Peace floods my heart. Later, I take a look at Twitter and see some dire… Continue reading The Unexpected Guests

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Stone by Stone

Once, when I was going through something hard, a friend brought takeout food for my family. It did not matter to me that she didn't spend hours cooking it. What mattered was that she thought of us, connected and gave us a meal. It was one less thing to think about during that rough season.… Continue reading Stone by Stone

faith, Pandemic Wisdom

A Serious Hug Deficiency

I officiated a Covid-era funeral recently. Less than 10 people were allowed to be present. The funeral director had on a mask. The podium was sterilized between each person who spoke. The service was live-streamed. What I found more excruciating than the lack of people and even the loss itself, was that I couldn't comfort… Continue reading A Serious Hug Deficiency