Author Archives: Sheila Walsh

Shame and Grace

Shame and Grace

Too many of us are at war within ourselves. When that is the case, the following questions arise: How can you extend grace to others when you have not received it yourself? Where do you go when you feel flawed? Where do you find healing when you know you are sick? For me, the only place to go was

The Sacred Ache: No Tear Forgotten

In the midst of our pain and grief — and especially at the front end — we may imagine God has abandoned us, forgotten us, dismissed us, or simply ignored us. We’re not the first occupants of this broken planet to feel this way, nor will we be the last. Even a quick stroll through

Trust Isn’t a Destination

Today as I write it is Mother’s Day. Barry and I usually attend the second of two services at our church each Sunday, but as I had been invited to lead worship today I was up bright and early. Well, actually, I was just up early. Barry was gracious enough to drive to our neighborhood Starbucks and return with a

Anna the Prophetess: A Beautiful Life

Anna the prophetess was also there, a daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was by now a very old woman. She had been married seven years and a widow for eighty-four. She never left the Temple area, worshiping night and day with her fastings and prayers. At the very time Simeon was praying,

Forgiveness: Receive the Gift of Grace

  Forgiveness: Today I will remember that my failure to forgive myself is a prideful choice to not receive your grace. If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone. The new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 What can we learn about forgiveness from one of the greatest saints

Colossians 3:13

The Cost of Forgiving and Not Forgiving

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. —Colossians 3:13 (NIV) “I don’t believe that person is really sorry” and “Saying ‘I forgive you’ won’t take away the pain”—these are two reasons why people (even Christians and maybe you) are reluctant to forgive

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