Choosing Life

Every spring when the tulips push through the sod and burst into bloom, I remember a conversation I had with my children several years ago. We planted tulip bulbs in the fall, and a few weeks later, one of the children asked, “Why are the flowers not coming up?”  They expected to see quick results. “The bulbs have to die first so the flowers can live,” I explained.  “It’s just like living for God.” It … Read more

On Level Ground

“Have you ever thought about it,” a fellow nurse asked me one day, “that going into Isolation makes us all equal?” It’s true.  Our education, experience, age, and culture might be different.  Yet,  when patients need to be protected or when health care workers need protection, those going into the patients’ rooms wear caps, gowns, gloves, and masks. No stranger can tell who is the doctor and who is the aide.  They look identical.  The only … Read more

Because I Said So

As a child and later as a teenager, I made some vows about what I was not going to do when I was a mom. One of those was the promise that when my children asked me “WHY?”  I would never, ever, ever say, “Because I said so.” Then I became a mom. These kids who made me a mom asked “Why?!” when they already knew why or at least had a pretty good idea. I … Read more

The Paradox of Serving

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One of the most important lessons I learned about being great came at the end of a day of work, and it was taught by a co-worker who never called herself Christian. She had a handle on being a servant, and she modeled it. In doing so, she became great. It had been one of those days, and I couldn’t wait to sign off and go home so I could sit and prop up my … Read more

Doing the Next Thing

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Mark 16:5-7 ESV: And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.  And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see … Read more