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This morning, sunshine
beams un-self-consciously
crashing violently against darkness

Springtime
does not mean any offense,
did not intend to
interrupt despair
contradict anxiety.
Audacious.
She cannot help herself.

Springtime
expands and
protrudes and
infiltrates
where she has not been invited
with light and
color and
sound.

Like a child too eager to realize she’s shrieking
Springtime declares herself
railroading over misery
interrupting us;
we,
who cannot find a way out of death.

This morning, hope
always just out of view
bombards me violently.

June 12, 2017 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/guest-post-giveaway-whitney-r-simpson/Friends, I am so excited to introduce you to Whitney R. Simpson. Whitney is a fellow member of the Redbud Writers Guild, and when we met years ago I knew I had found a kindred spirit. She recently released her new book, Holy Listening with Breath,...
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May 1, 2017 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/everbloom-stories-deeply-rooted-transformed-lives-giveaway/Friends, if you know me at all you've heard me talk about Redbud. No, not the tree -- the wonderful, life-giving community of writers to which I belong. I could not measure, weigh, or calculate the impact the Redbud Writers Guild has had...
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April 24, 2017 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/featured/treasonous-act-small-children-waving-branches/  For twenty minutes yesterday, young children and palm branches surrounded me on all sides. Like many churches, we have a Palm Sunday procession to mark the beginning of Holy Week. When I dropped my Kindergartner at her class, I...
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April 10, 2017 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/books/we-have-a-winner/Kayla, I hope  you enjoy each and every item in this lovely bag! Thanks everyone, for entering and sharing! This has been so much fun. Happy reading-spa-day-at home, Kayla! And to all you reading Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a...
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April 6, 2017 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/featured/airplane-lessons-exercise-loving-neighbor/A few years ago I boarded an airplane for a 12+ hour flight. After settling into my (middle) seat, the passenger in the aisle seat next to me arrived and started settling in herself. Like most international travelers, she was armed with a...
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March 29, 2017 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/book-birth-day-and-a-contest/It's Launch Day!  Long Days of Small Things is born into the world! As with so many things, Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline was conceived as a spark, an idea, without me realizing that something new and real...
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March 7, 2017 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/advent-hope-and-the-chicago-cubs-a-devotion-on-devotion/Hope deferred makes the heart sick,     but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for     and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)   With the dark days of a...
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December 6, 2016 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/long-days-of-small-things-we-have-a-cover/Friends, it has been a joy this past year to write my first book, Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline (NavPress, 2017). The book is finished (my end of it anyway) and getting ready to be sold March of 2017...which...
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November 11, 2016 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/lets-feed-the-light/With a month left in this election, I'm so very tired. We all are. There is so much hatred and fear in the world, and if we didn't know that before, we know it now. Without a doubt, if we're to do any good we must learn to look bravely and deeply...
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October 9, 2016 by Catherine

My aim is to awaken myself and others to the creative, redemptive work of God in this present moment. I am striving to see beauty, learning to expand my perspective, praying to keep my eyes and heart open.

Connect with Catherine at www.catherinemcniel.com.

 


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