Be Brave

via Daily Prompt: Brave Lately, I have been at a loss on what to write my next post about.  Then appeared the “WordPress Daily Prompt” challenge. The prompt was “brave” and my mind immediately began to whirr (I love when that happens).  I usually feel intimidated by these prompts; however, today I decided to join…

Holding Pattern

Landing in Vizag, India was always an adventure as the runway is very short.  I was prepared for a rough ride.  However, after a bumpier descent than normal, the plane quickly made a vertical ascent back into the skies.  My stomach dropped as the plane shifted gears, changed directions, and headed upwards instead of down. …

30 Years Today

It seems another person boarded a plane for China thirty years ago. She was timid and scared of the path that lay before her, a new mom with a daughter one-year in age. She had never been out of the country of her birth, let alone to the other side of the world. How could…

The Widow’s Pot

I’m not sure why she comes to mind.  It was more than eight years ago. We’ll call her Hepzibah. Covering her head with her scarf, Hepzibah bowed to pray.  She knelt upon a mat covering the dirt floor of a small and rickety church building.  The church stood in the middle of a slum area…

Sunshine

Typhoon Merbok brought with it days and days of rain.  Each morning I woke up to grey skies and moisture (other than the normal humidity that is common here).  However, today the sun emerged. I am in the process of trying to grow a couple of herb plants from seed.  The “cosmos” seemed to be…

Community

“Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. The problems began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it…

Moving Forward

Hints of spring are still in the air, but the heat of summer is gradually moving in.  Seasons of the year roll along and so too seasons of life. They roll in and out, the good ones and the bad.  As I mentioned in my previous post, the key to successfully navigating through difficult seasons when…

Seasons

So many years ago, it feels at times as if it never happened, I staggered through life with leaden feet, as if I walked through a quagmire. It was a season of sadness for me. I’m not sure to this day exactly what brought it on with such force. This interval of time on my…

Brutal Beast

We recently traveled back to the Philippines for a few weeks.  Walking down the streets and through the slums, the sights took time to process again.  No matter how many times I see poverty and the suffering that is a result, my mind recoils and a shock wave courses through me.  The feelings are compounded…

The Fight

Boarding a plane bound for the Philippines, I barely noticed her.  After squeezing into my seat and clicking the belt closed, a tiny voice said quietly, “Are you vacationing in the Philippines?”  She sat to my left.  Turning to answer her question was the beginning of a wonderful encounter. She was in her young 20’s,…

Love Heals

More years ago than I care to acknowledge, I stepped out of a taxi in front of a dilapidated rusted gate. Looking through the gate, toward a square building perched on a hill, I imagined being in an old-time horror film with bolts of lightning exploding across the sky. The concrete block building, with mildew…

Power of Love

Walking through the MTR train station yesterday, I spotted big red cards in the novelty shop.  Valentine’s Day was nearly upon us, a day when we express our love for each other.  It made me think.  There are many different forms of love; love of God, love of a spouse, love of family and friends,…