Funeral Homily for Sue Travis Villines, My Grandmother

The home that she created for us is no more, and we are left with the homes that we make for one another. Where there was once so much laughter and no small amount of tears, there are now only echoes. The hands that served us, held us, knitted together in prayer for us, and blessed us are now at rest. She has gone home. Continue reading

A Prayer of Gratitude for Marriage Equality

May we hear the echoes of your laughter in our own cries of joy at the welcome of our brothers and sisters. In celebrating love, may we come more fully into the knowledge of the love of Christ, which surpasses all understanding. Continue reading

Happy 17th Anniversary!

A friend of mine recently commented to me, “Are you aware that you are the only person I know who never, ever trash-talks about their spouse?” There’s a reason for that. I was very, very picky about the person I married – and so was she. Neither of us knew… Continue reading

Happy Fathers Day!

When I was very young, I quickly realized that popular perceptions of what it means to be a “Dad” did not jive with how my own father went about the job. Every day of my life, I have always known that being my dad was the single most important thing… Continue reading