Take Me with You

“Take me with you. Put me on your path. And I will follow you. I will suffer with you.” This is a short prayer that I wrote, perhaps, about the time I was embarking on my journey to Hawaii. I think I was preparing my move to Hawaii and this prayer desperately captured my deep…

Peaceful Note

I love this time of year. The colors are just perfect. I get speechless.   This was my scenery on my way back home. I drive through this road every day. I am so blessed. Then I came home and finally stripped the leaves from my thoroughly dried thyme and stored them in a jar….

The Joy of Knowing Christ

My short walk from my house to the Sugarland Community Church down the road is perhaps about the same distance from the retreat house to the monastery I stayed several times. I loved that monastery so much that when I returned from Hawaii, I asked the vocation director if they would receive me. The retreat…

Nothing Else Matters

Of course, having been raised by an alcoholic father, I felt powerless most of my childhood. However, my powerlessness was also the driving power behind my reason to study in my younger days. I wanted to leave my home life. I wanted to escape the darkness associated with my father’s alcoholism. In order to do…

Into the Night

* * *  “Here’s my new boyfriend! Just kidding! 🙂 ” I send my El Salvadoran friend a snap shot of me and one of the artist’s young son, Raf, who is adopted from El Salvador. Raf was wearing a cap that says El Salvador with its national flag symbol printed on the front. I…

On Compunction

In the language of medieval asceticism, the clear-sighted recognition and mature acceptance of our own limitation is called “compunction.” Compunction is a special grace, an insight into our own depths which, in one glance, sees through our illusions about ourselves, sweeps aside our self-deceptions and daydreams, and show us ourselves exactly as we are. But…

Gratitude

What am I thankful for today? I am thankful for a day off on this carless day. I suddenly found myself without a car, and in the urgent need of purchasing one to commute to my work and to my gallery. I’ve got no money to buy one, but for now, I am just going…

Another Day to Believe

It was a little after 3 pm and it was still pouring outside. I discover many positive sides of owning my own business every day and one of the latest is that I get to choose the time I go home. With the flood warning going on, I did not think anyone will come to…

Daily Miracle

I was probably not always like this. Mom said that I was the cutest baby, and that I was loved by everyone. You were loved by every one, your dad adored you, baby girl. Mom told me once when I asked her about my early years beyond the power of my memories. Before the memories of…