#45.1, Thurs., June 1, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. A cottage in the Vosges          Healing comes on summer winds. For me, my strength and wit are coming to me in pieces, sometimes with old familiar forms of comfort, sometimes in glimpses of new starts. Thank you, God.          Healing of spirit seems to be hovering around my oldest sonsContinue reading “#45.1, Thurs., June 1, 2023”

#44.14, Weds., May 31, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. The cottage in the Vosges          On this beautiful day I’m home with my family, healing slowly in God’s time. Greg and Gabe are still aching of childhood, not able to accept themselves as powerless in the face of senseless brutality. So how will healing turn them?  Will they learn fromContinue reading “#44.14, Weds., May 31, 2023”

#44.13, Tues., May 30, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. The cottage in the Vosges          These boys stand here at the end of the bed twisting fingers, looking away from me, apologizing, sorrowfully confessing something. But what?          “You told Mater Doe you were sorry and she thought you were sorry you tried to kill me. But it was youContinue reading “#44.13, Tues., May 30, 2023”

#44.12, Thurs., May 25, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. The cottage in the Vosges          This is the stage of my healing my sons seemed to fear most, when their papa is laying around the house, howling woefully and taking all their mother’s attention. May my howls be silenced by courage, since death is not my option. Thankfully my placeContinue reading “#44.12, Thurs., May 25, 2023”

#44.11, Weds., May 24, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. The secular church in the Vosges          Hannah is a no-nonsense, eight-year-old. She would be just like Ana was at eight, but that Ana’s own mother had given her away in fear of her special gifts; and for Hannah, we, her family, have an appreciation of these gifts in a girlContinue reading “#44.11, Weds., May 24, 2023”

#44.10 Tues., May 23, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. The secular church in the Vosges          Mater Doe has been keeping watch, offering up, through dark hours, prayers and comfort, a sip of water, a warmer blanket all for a healing that might happen regardless of her tireless efforts.          I have new strength already. And I’m driven to graspContinue reading “#44.10 Tues., May 23, 2023”

#44.9, Thurs., May 18, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. The secular church in the Vosges          Gabe and Greg park the wagon behind the little secular church they’ve always known. Maybe it is her ordained priesthood, or maybe its her deafness, but they hope to find Mater Doe the comforting listener.          They try to tell her everything that hasContinue reading “#44.9, Thurs., May 18, 2023”

#44.8, Weds., May 17, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. Following the creek bed home          Gabe and Greg return to this wagonload of dirty straw along with their older, and maybe wiser hunter friend, Charlie.          Charlie asks them why they put their father’s body under all this filth.          Gabe explains, “We needed a wagon and the stable masterContinue reading “#44.8, Weds., May 17, 2023”

#44.7, Tues., May 16, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. The road in the valley          My gifted power is healing. Anyone’s healing is one of those unimaginable events of life like birthing, growing, aging, experiencing. It changes us from our physical being right through our hopes and fears. The healed and the caregivers alike are never the same. But theContinue reading “#44.7, Tues., May 16, 2023”

#44.6, Thurs., May 11, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. A Woods in Gaul          The guards argue for a moment over who should use the polearm, and they assure one another the spear tip is firmly in place. Now I feel the pain of it, and breath is…          At this waking I am gasping for breath under a heapContinue reading “#44.6, Thurs., May 11, 2023”