What Is The Proper Response To Evil?

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

Some people complain that responses to bad things happening in the world today have dissolved into a #hashtag for people to post in social media and make themselves feel like they’ve done something. Continue reading

Christmas Gifts I Wish For You

Christmas ornaments, 2013 photo by kristin nador

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The holidays are upon us, and I wanted to take the time to tell each and every one of you how much I appreciate you, my readers and my friends. I hope the best for each one of you, and since I’m a writer, I wrote a little something that tries to convey that. Have the Merriest Christmas and the Happiest New Year!

Christmas Gifts I Wish For You:

 Peace in your heart of hearts

Refuge from the storms of life

The bliss of warm socks and a full belly

 

The joy of loving and being loved

The camaraderie of laughter

A cloak of thankful praise to stop any gusts of loneliness and depression

 

Reconciliation with dear ones who are far away in body or spirit

Anticipation of reward for the hard work ahead

Expectation of better circumstances shifting in your direction

 

Awe in the wonder of the heavens, the earth, and all of creation

Divine guidance for your destiny’s next steps

Moments of solitude to consider the mysteries of spirit, soul, and butterfly wings

 

Courage to walk out the path before you

Health of body and mind to realize your best potential

Tenacity to keep you going during the heat of the day and the long midnight silence

 

Faith to believe when doubt creates mirages

Truth for combat when fear attempts a counterinsurgency in your life

Wisdom to understand the wealth of time and spend it wisely

 

Question: What will you be doing for the holidays?

Write Anywhere #21

Each holiday season seems to get busier. We add more tasks to our already bulging schedules and more purchases to our shrinking budgets. Tempers flare and shopping lines get longer. It’s also the season we reconnect with our loved ones and focus on giving. This week’s writing venue brought a time of reflection and meditation.

Write Anywhere #21: Convent

Our Lady of Sorrow Convent

I visited the grounds of Our Lady of Sorrows convent. It was built in the 1960’s and closed its doors about three years ago but still retains its peaceful beauty. A marble bench invited me to sit, write and meditate. No phone, no email, no constant media stream to distract, only the trees and grasses whispering in the cold wind.

elegant architecture

I looked in a window to see the small chapel, its wooden pews now silent and empty. It made me think about the women who sat in those pews, giving their entire lives in service to their faith. Admirable. And isn’t that what this season is all about – giving.

God so loved the world that he gave...

This place helped me think about the things that are important to me that sometimes get pushed to the back burner in the hurry of life: faith, worship, prayer, service.

And here’s a little Christmas cheer I give to you from my friend Flea. Please enjoy her reading of ‘A Cajun Night Before Christmas’:

I pray for you all joy, peace and love this Christmas.

Question: What did you do this week to engage your creativity?