|"God, I know you're there"
That Christians pray is a fact, an assumption, or perhaps even a cliché. How often have we heard people say to us when we are disclosing some personal information, “Well, I’m sorry to hear that. I’ll certainly be praying for you.”? Perhaps they may even ask us for permission to share our prayer requests with a church small group or congregation. In many cases, prayer has been relegated to the sidelines in my life as something that is there but I have not made much of an effort to engage in. That is, until I started living at L’Arche.
Panda Cake and Down Syndrome
There’s something about birthdays that have always made them extra special for me. In my first few years of life, my family members and family friends gathered around me showering me with gifts – after all, every daughter deserves a nice bike, some new books, and the latest toys. As I got a little older, my parents helped me to plan birthday parties inviting the girls in my class and neighbourhood kids over for games and other activities.
When Something Goes Right
In the wake of the Newtown shooting rampage, people argue over how to keep guns out of the hands of people with mental illness, a population assumed to be responsible for generating serial killers. In the midst of fierce disagreement about who should have access to what kinds of weapons, one thing is certain: In Newtown something went terribly wrong.
Come Live with Me
In the classic novel of C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy, Lewis pens this classic quote “Come live with me and you’ll know me.” These words have proven true in my own life as I have journeyed with adults who have developmental disabilities for the past two years.
Hope Despite a Blue Christmas
The sounds of Christmas carols, the wafts of the finest Christmas dishes, and the sight of the red and the green fill the air as people sing Joy to the world, How great is my joy, and Hark how the bells–sweet silver bells–all seem to say–throw cares away. Christmas is one of two hallmarks during the Christian year – a holiday where even individuals who usually don’t attend church find themselves filing in to crowded pews for midnight mass. Christmas is a time of merry making and gift giving, a time for delight and expectancy, but it can also be a very difficult time for the over 235,067 Americans who live in the shadow of depression, some facing suicidal ideation this Christmas.