Pruning

I was reading Henri Nouwen the other day about pruning. Pruning means cutting, reshaping, removing what has diminished vitality in our lives. Nouwen said that grateful people learn to celebrate even amid life’s hard and […]

Busy? or Better?

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed–or only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” […]

Thermometer or thermostat

Are you a thermometer or are you a thermostat? Both devices deal with temperature, but their uses are different. A thermometer simply reflects the temperature, but a thermostat actually determines the temperature. A thermostat can […]

If These Walls Could Talk…

I remember when the walls of VCNP were being built and going up. If we could hear what the walls were “saying,” I think it would be about being part of something of eternal significance—it […]

A Shout Out to our VCNP staff and volunteers.

Henri Nouwen once said, “Community is where humility and glory touch. However, community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves […]

Don’t give up!

Theodore Roosevelt said, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who pointes out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs […]

A Dangerous Weapon/Un Arma Poderosa

One of my daily prayers for years to our Father is to help me to use my mouth to lift up others. It is a need to pray this daily because our mouth is a […]

Change

Life is full of change.  I often don’t like it. This year has brought the death of my Mother, putting my father in a nursing home, and my daughter leaving for college, (and just recently […]

Whose Opinion matters?

Let’s face it.  When we were in school, it was our friends’ opinions that usually mattered most. As we age and grow in Christ, we can see more and more that it is what God […]

Mourning and Dancing

“We tend to stay away from Mourning and dancing.  Too afraid to cry, too shy to dance…While we live in a world subject to the evil one, we belong to God.  Let us mourn, and […]