Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Imposition of Ashes / Ash Wednesday

Steve, Michael, & I at Ash Wednesday Services last year

I missed The Imposition of Ashes / Ash Wednesday Service today, so I read through it on my own. I can't get through it without tears. The love that God has for us is so great; it is a gift of grace, unearned and undeserved.

If you'd like to read through, I highly recommend it. Liturgy is a beautiful ritual. Click (here) for the link to the service.

(Here) is a video of The Imposition of Ashes taken to the streets of New York City.

Lent is such a wonderful way to lean into the darkness of life knowing that light, resurrection, and hope lies just around the corner.

Here are two wonderful articles about helping children (and perhaps even yourself) understand Lent a little better and appreciate it a little more:

"Talking With Kids About the Hard Stuff in Lent", by Ben Irwin (click here)

"Why Grow Christians?", by Nurya Love Parish (click here)

♥ Melody

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016

Jessica Kimberly Ann::January 8th 2016

A few months ago I wrote of a transformation going on in my family.

I told Jared's story, of how since puberty, "he" had felt like a "she". Well, today in the eyes of the law, she is a "she".

Jessica went to court today with her attorney to petition the judge to change her gender markings and her name. The judge approved it based on evidence from Jessica's gynecologist & therapist.

So, as of today, January 8th, it is official: I am the mother of a beautiful daughter named Jessica Kimberly Ann.

I am so proud of her for being brave enough to become her authentic self and to do it with the grace, poise, and kindness that she has always possessed.

I love this child with all my heart; I always have and always will. Her heart is the same heart; her spirit the same spirit; her personality the same personality. While there are a great many changed, there is the foundation that has always been there, and I am very grateful for the patience and respect she has had for me and others as we grow alongside of her.

♥ Melody