It is time to admit that some plants are just too aggressive and invasive to be planted with the rest of the better-behaved beauties in the garden.
Take mint, for instance. Really, take it! I have a ton! I have much less now than when I naively planted it in the nicest bed in the front of the house. It quickly overtook the whole bed, and it took years to fully remove it. It now lives in a pot. Or take showy primrose, or violets, or erigeron, or verbena rigida.
The worst offender is the bane of my existence as a gardener — the dreaded Bermuda grass. Continue reading “Compartmentalizing”
Christmas is the time of love, bliss and joy. But not for everyone. For many it’s the worst time of year.
Instead of the bounty, they see only emptiness. Continue reading “Grieving at the holidays”
Funerals are painful and the emotions they evoke are as complex as anything we face as human beings.
It’s time we realize how deep and complicated grief can be. We criticize each other for grieving wrong when we’re unable to grasp the complete picture. Continue reading “Grief is very complex”
One of the most impressive things about Jesus was how much he cared for people.
The Greek concept of God was that of an impersonal and uncaring being. In fact, the Greeks thought their gods were just too self-centered to care. Greeks could not conceive of a deity that could sympathize with humans. The thought was foreign to them.
Yet, Jesus showed great compassion for people. In John 11:33, the sight of Mary weeping evoked powerful emotion from Jesus. The verse tells us, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled” (John 11:33 NASB). Continue reading “Jesus groaned”
Someone finds out that a person has died. Their heart fills with sadness and they want to solicit prayers for the grieving.
How do they let people know? They can call, but everyone is busy and phone numbers change quite often. The easiest path is to Facebook it. However, they must stop and think before they do. Continue reading “Social media and death announcements”
Through the darkness, comes the light. Continue reading What do I know?
We love those we love but we cannot overlook the legacy of God’s people Continue reading Loved but not lost
There are some very difficult paths in this life. Continue reading Paths of the heart