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Just Imagining

I remember the first time I heard the song I Can Only Imagine years ago.

Actually 1999.

It moved me to tears thinking of what I would see in heaven. One day.

Being with the Lord.

Walking by His side.

Forever in His Glory.

Joy filled my heart just trying to imagine it.

Then in 2009 my beloved mom went home to be with the Lord and at her request

I Can Only Imagine was played at her funeral.

Tears.  Thinking of her walking those streets with the Lord.

Surrounded by His Glory.

Hope filled my heart as I thought of being with my mom again

and together being with the Lord. One day.

The song brought comfort to my aching heart.

Recently I saw the movie I Can Only Imagine and was moved to tears

as the story of redemption and forgiveness and hope unfolded.

Have you seen it?

This story that touched me deeply. I wept through the whole movie.

My heart feeling the pain of the son who was emotionally and physically abused. Overflowing with emotion for his father who inspired him to write the song.



Simply hurting.

What a powerful reminder that forgiveness heals.

Forgiveness restores.

And forgiveness is possible.

How about you?

Do you struggle as you remember a loved one who is no longer here?

Daily dealing with grief and loss?

Daily feeling the emptiness of life without them?

And how about forgiveness—

Do you or someone you know need that story, that clear reminder that forgiveness

changes lives…even if that person is long since gone.

Breathe in the hope of forgiveness and grace.

Let it seep into those aching places of your soul and begin a work of healing.

Yes, it’s a song and a movie worth experiencing.

Let me know if you’ve seen it and how it was for you.

And together let’s imagine what it will be like…

one day.



Shining Moments

Crash! The sound of shattering glass filled the air.

I turned my head to see what had happened.

There on the floor lay a million pieces of broken glass


there stood my youngest daughter looking at me with horror in her eyes.

Who has not been there

either as the one who has dropped something


as the other person,

the onlooker?

I’ve been both at various times in my life.

I’ve broken things


needing the grace and understanding of others.

I’ve also been the onlooker

needing to give grace and understanding.

Both places are hard.

Time stood still for a few seconds.

I glanced at the broken pieces

and my mind wandered back many years

to the time that my mom and I bought it.

Beautiful memories of holding the tall globlet etched with gold

and bearing a delicate Christmas design.

Yes, we bought one at a time until I had 4. It could not be replaced.


But then my eyes took in the pain of my daughter.

The surprise and sadness that she felt


in that instant I knew that she was more important than a million glass goblets.

Like the One Who continues to hold out His arms to me

I  stepped toward her and opened my arms to her.

In that precious moment I held her

whispering reassurances

wiping away the pain and disappointment

healing the wounds.

Glorious shining moments.

It’s a moment that I will long remember.

A time when I had a choice

and I stepped forward to give grace.

Who has not been there?

We are all beggers

needing His grace and forgiveness.

But for the grace of God

there go I think day after day.

No one is better than another.

We all are desperate for Him.

But He comes to us with outstretched arms

saying welcome home.

Let Him embrace you today

no matter what you’ve ever done.

There is nothing that can’t be forgiven and healed.

Goblets or children?

Which is more important?

The souls of people of all ages

are hungry for His grace and forgiveness.

Is there someone you need to forgive today?

His grace is sufficient. Always and always and always.

Receive it first

and then go out and pass it on.



Shining Moments

How do you learn to believe again

   when your trust has been broken?

How do you learn to trust once more

  when, in the past, that trust has been shattered?

I think it’s important to walk through the experience of forgiveness

   and to be willing to every day acknowledge

   that you are letting go of the pain of the past

  and moving forward into His new day.

Forgiveness does not ever mean that it was ok.

Forgiveness does not necessarily mean trying again

   when nothing has changed. Oftentimes it is simply moving into love.

But forgiveness is letting God be God

  and allowing Him to heal all our hurts

  not holding offenses.

Along with forgiveness

   it’s important to keep moving forward.

A small risk here

  another one there.

Accepting your feelings

  but not letting them trap you in the past.

Can one ever believe again?

Is it possible for trust to be rebuilt?
Oh yes,

   it happens every day

  but only for those willing to walk with God

  open to let Him do what only He can do.

It’s a new day.

 Let it be so.

Embrace the new.

Begin to live again

   For as you do

      you will discover life as it is meant to be.



      Pulsating with life.

“I am come that you may have life and may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)