Patti Richter, On Faith: Amazing Grace in a Punkerish Place

Patti Richter, On Faith: Amazing Grace in a Punkerish Place

April 2, 2021 – My friend Cindi, in the words of Dr. Seuss, has been in a “terribly prickly place.” Cindi undergoes intermittent treatments for an incurable cancer. During Cindi’s recent round of chemotherapy, her husband suffered an unexpected health crisis of his own and spent a week in the hospital recovering from emergency surgery. While […]

Patti Richer, On Faith: Epiphanies Past and Present, Ready and Waiting

Patti Richer, On Faith: Epiphanies Past and Present, Ready and Waiting

ROCKWALL, TX – February 3, 2021 — The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. –Psalm 119:130 Holiday lights long after Christmas can be a sign of procrastination. My own late-hanging porch lights are more intentional—their cheerful glow offsets the gloom of long winter nights. However, a neighbor once asked […]

Patti Richter, On Faith: Let the Nation Be Glad

Patti Richter, On Faith: Let the Nation Be Glad

ROCKWALL, TX – Dec. 22, 2020 – In the days after the latest presidential election, with the outcome still uncertain, folks were wringing their hands. As the week dragged by, a large percentage of the populous drooped like Super Bowl attendees wearing the losing colors. There is more at stake in an election than in […]

Patti Richter, On Faith: Night and Day of the Zombies

ROCKWALL, TX – October 8, 2020 — We sat on the floor hugging our knees to our chest for protection, wide-eyed at the scene before us. Several people with the same ghastly appearance stumbled forward— not in living color but in half-dead black and white. That was my first encounter with zombies, when Mom allowed […]

Patti Richter, On Faith: Faithfully Minding Our Ps and Qs

Patti Richter, On Faith: Faithfully Minding Our Ps and Qs

ROCKWALL, TX – August 24, 2020 — The wheels on the bus go round and round after nearly six months of sheltering in place. Two of my grandchildren – sporting colorful new masks – are hopping aboard. Attending school may well become the most notable event of Fall 2020. To open or not to open? […]

Patti Richter, On Faith: To the Mother of the Would-Be Graduate

Patti Richter, On Faith: To the Mother of the Would-Be Graduate

(ROCKWALL, TX — May 5, 2020) Out for a walk one April morning, I stopped to greet a neighbor from a safe, COVID-19 distance. When I inquired about her well-being during these trying days, she burst into tears. Her daughter, she explained, is a high-school senior—was a high-school senior. Everything is upended in their world. […]

It’s Never Too Late: Surprised by Love

It’s Never Too Late: Surprised by Love

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. –Song of Solomon 2:4 Heart-shaped chocolate boxes abound for Valentine’s Day, and some can be found even in senior-living communities, though romantic couples are hard to find. But one residential center I have visited was abuzz for months over a pair […]

Shining Brighter in the New Year

Shining Brighter in the New Year

I heaved a sigh of relief as my husband, Jim, pulled a chunk of splintered wood from the palm of my hand. A small piece remained behind, and weeks later, though I couldn’t see it, the splinter still smarted if I touched the right spot. Jim’s own little splinter was more elusive. He’d rubbed one […]

Peace on Earth — For Whom Exactly?

Peace on Earth — For Whom Exactly?

(ROCKWALL, TX — Dec. 2, 2019) The familiar melodies arrive around the same time as poinsettias. Like cough medicines and Menthol lozenges we purchase this time of year, their lyrics may soothe us: What Child is this, who, laid to rest/On Mary’s lap is sleeping?1 Though the nations may rage and winter weather behave likewise, […]

Bed, Bath, and Biscuits: A Dog’s Thanksgiving

Bed, Bath, and Biscuits: A Dog’s Thanksgiving

“…wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds… Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted.” –Psalm 148:10, 13* (ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – Nov. 10, 2019) I can almost taste it. But roast turkey is off limits for me these days, according to my vet, who said, “No more […]

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