A Wish Come Clear

Choosing Love, Losing Fear, & Finding Home

To See Beauty First: A Video

Hello and Happy Monday! Since I’m traveling this week, I’d like to share a video with you in lieu of the usual post. It’s a 10 minute talk I gave as part of the Faith Inclusion Network’s March 2013 “That All May Worship” conference. (I thank Karen Jackson for her wonderful work in organizing the event, and for sending me the recording as well.) A Wish Come Clear readers who receive posts via email may recall the story I sent out about my experience speaking at the conference two months ago; it’s reprinted below. To make sure you don’t miss out on future stories and surprises, start receiving posts via email, along with your complimentary copy of Your Creed of Care: How to Dig for Treasure in People (Without Getting Buried Alive).  Please pardon the at-times-loud background noise in the recording (but if you’ve read the story, you’ll have a [...]

All Too Familiar: A Story for National Siblings Day

One Tuesday night this winter, I was babysitting my friends’ children, three-year-old Eliza* and one-year-old Mitchell.* I watch them on a weekly basis, so I have a working knowledge of their routines and habits. But on that particular Tuesday, Eliza did something I didn’t expect. When she noticed her brother Mitchell getting a little fussy around bedtime, she stepped closer to him and looked into his eyes. He grew still. Then she stepped away, her hands partially covering her face. And then … “Ah BOO!” Eliza exclaimed, moving her hands away from her face in a ‘ta-da’ motion. Her expression was confident; she knew this would make her brother happy. It was a modified version of peek-a-boo, and Mitchell loved it. His face lit up. His laughter overflowed, bubbling together with hers. I wish I could play that sound for you; if you heard it, you wouldn’t be able to [...]

Reflecting Light: Wishes for World Autism Awareness Day

It was just another visit to the Home Depot. Since we’re renovating our house, my husband visits the store on a near-daily basis. We were laughing about paint colors (“‘Manhattan Mist’?! That’s just … toxic!”) when I saw them. The blue light bulbs. I didn’t have to read the signs. I’ve volunteered with Autism Speaks, and written for their blog as well. I knew what the bulbs were for: Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day. When I saw that display, I had this sliding sensation in the pit of my stomach; it was as though I could feel time move. It seemed just moments ago that I was a child, fighting with my younger brother Willie over the TV remote, and learning what ‘autism’ meant. How surreal that autism awareness isn’t a ‘small’ cause, that autism isn’t a rare diagnosis anymore. When I was young, I was [...]