Little Flowers of Love

Here are the remnants of my weekend.  I place two branches still preserving the cherry blossoms in the cup filled with fresh water this morning. This small act is a great kick starter to start the day off right. I have no plans, my toddler has no school today. I left today blank, an unplanned…

Stepping out of Darkness

Jealousy, worry, and anger suck life out of my soul. Life in the spiritless body is an empty, hollow void that cannot be filled. It’s a bottomless pit that sucks and swallows up all things alive. Your body embodies the entire hell. And the only way to get out of that hell is to step…

Hope

I’m going for a long walk today. Into the woods, along the lake, muddy trails will guide my path. And on this long, long trail, I finally have time to ponder. I ponder on all the paths that I have taken. I think about how all those small roads have brought me here. It’s a…

Sloth

I really like sloths. Recently, the word ‘sloth’ has become some sort of a keyword, a symbol for a life lived in leisure. If Hygge is for Nordic lifestyle, then sloth is the way to go in Central and South America. And the idea is catching on. We are always so busy, goal driven, breathlessly…

The Epiphany of the Lord

– Sigur Ros: Untitled 3 Sometimes, my prayer takes a form of closing my eyes with my face turned toward the sunrise, soaking and absorbing the warmth. As if evaporated by the heat, my soul flies up and up to the highest. I linger there, unable to utter a single word. Up there, I bow…

A Year of Loving

It rained the morning I went to the bookstore to try my luck on a new devotional book for the new year. As if I were going on a blind date, I felt heart fluttering in anticipation of what I will discover. Unfortunately, my local bookstore’s Christian living section did not have many options for…

Small Joys

I woke up to a thick foggy morning on this last day of 2018. These last few days, my mind has been occupied with the task of selecting a devotional book for the new year. With only one more day to go, I still haven’t found one that captivated me. This calls for the last…

Holy Spirit

“How do you speak about the Holy Spirit in such a way that it is clear and has something to do with my concrete life experience?” -The Genesee Diary, Henry J.M. Nouwen It’s six O’cock and it’s still dark. It would have been five in the morning just a couple of weeks ago before the…

Count Your Blessing

The other day, I did a small activity suggested by my good friend, and a Stephen Ministry counselor, P. Make a list of 10 positives in your life, she suggested to me as my mind was overly focusing on the negatives of my current life. I was entering my third week here in the new…

You are Free from your Infirmity

“Woman, you are free from your infirmity”, told Jesus to the woman with a double bent back for 18 years. “Immediately, she straightened up and praised God”, I read in today’s reading (which was yesterday, by the way). Infirmity. That one word penetrated right into my heart. I was full of it. Weaknesses of all…