Something to Celebrate (More on Soul Care)

This is no ordinary day. Today, she hears it said,“Love your neighbor as yourself.”* (as yourself)(as yourself) This echo ripples through her core. She had never heard it this way.It was usually:Love God. Love others.The end. (as yourself)(as yourself) There it is again. A bell rings within. “If I’m to love my neighbors as myself, How DO I love myself?” she ponders. Her non-stop days of hustle bustle come to mind.Quick eating. Limited exercise. Doing for others. Crumbs leftover for herself. She catches a snippet of harsh self-criticism in her mind;a thought she’d never dare say to another. Hmph. (as…

Celebrate!

In honor of all the celebrations that arise at this time of year! A celebration arises, a party as I ponder. Suddenly, I’m whisked to age seven, elbow to elbow with like-aged girls wearing ponytails and tank tops around a picnic table on the back porch. Rainbow Brite doll rests on my lap, Footloose be-bops in the background, a birthday blessing belted aloud. Now, I’m twelve, summer air breezes, a feast at Uncle Kenny’s home of food and frolic. I nudge the grown men to let me join horseshoes, a game of ping-pong and pool played, a lazy unwind in…

Triumphant Celebration

The prayers of our hearts burst wide, flying in the wind, tattered and torn, flapping uncontrollable at the vision of the Christ! Each one, flits with fervor, individual and communal, in colorful celebration. We wave our hands and give what we have, laying our precious selves at the foot of the humble One who comes to unbind! We proclaim, “Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest heaven! We love you most of all.” To Ponder: Mark 11:4-10 “They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and untied it. Some of those standing there said, “What are…