The Theology of Audrey Hepburn and Pippin the Deer

Recently I was at a medical appointment and the nurse asked me about my religious affiliation.

The question took me aback, in part because I wasn’t expecting it and in part because I didn’t know how to answer it.

How could I be honest and also fit my answer into a box on the intake form? The words stuck in my throat.

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When Hope Seems Lost, Remember This

When my brother Willie was diagnosed with autism, he was three years old and I was five. Neither of us had been to church yet, so I didn’t have much of a God concept. But somehow, I’d already arrived at a very clear idea of heaven.

I used to lie awake at night and think about it, so eager for it to be real.

I believed that heaven would be just this: a place where I could talk freely with my brother. It would be a place without the limits of autism on his part or lack of knowledge on mine, a place where I could ask him a question and receive a complete answer.

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On Faith, Fears, and Finding Treasure (Break Out the Shovels)

Dear friends,

We’re back! I missed you so much last week (when my husband and I traveled to visit family and celebrated our fourth anniversary) that I just had to make it up to you this week. As such, I have not one, but two guest posts to share with you today.

The first guest post is at Elizabeth Esther’s blog. Esther writes courageously about recovery from fundamentalist religion. I can’t wait to read her forthcoming book, Girl at the End of the World. I’m thrilled (and terrified) to share, “Faith is like Walking into the Deluge…”.

The next guest post is at Write to Done, a site created by Leo Babauta and edited by Mary Jaksch. Write to Done is devoted to helping people become better writers, and I’m honored to be part of that effort through How to Face Your Fears and Write, No Matter What.

Welcome, readers from and Write to Done! I’m thrilled to welcome you to A Wish Come Clear. Be sure to pick up your free copy of Your Creed of Care: How to Dig for Treasure in People (Without Getting Buried Alive).

Speaking of Your Creed of Care, I received this email (reprinted with permission) from a reader named Kelly:

“Hi Caroline. I love the title of your book and just have to tell you a little story of my own.  My son has Autism. He is twelve. You can fill in the blanks. One day, when I was particularly exasperated after a week of being hit, grabbed and cursed at, my son turned to me and said, ‘Mom, I have a lot of good things in my heart. I just need you to help me dig them out.'”

Here’s to helping each other do just that, today and always.




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