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On Not Waiting to be the Hummingbird (sermon)

On Not Waiting to be the Hummingbird:

The Life and Death

of Lee Hawkins

First Parish Church of Groton

May 24, 2015

Two decades ago, I had the chance to speak with the coordinator of my grandmother’s hospice care, who happened to be an acquaintance of mine. 1,631 more words

Unitarian Universalism

Catherine: Grieving the loss of a son

The words Father God spoke as Jesus was being baptised were “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased”.

I don’t for one minute think I am God or that my son was but the sentiments I feel at my son’s passing are the same as the God of the universe. 842 more words

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Painful pathways

There is both so much to write and yet nothing to write. Tomorrow will be three weeks since Ben died. The days, in one sense, seem so normal, so brutally normal, and yet at times crushingly painful. 989 more words

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My Tribute to Ben

Delivered at his Service of Thanksgiving, Friday 8th May

I still clearly remember the day in Timaru, back in our native New Zealand, the day Ben was born. 1,284 more words

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The Worst Part is the End #elderly

“This is the worst part of my life” she moaned. “Everything is in the past, nothing is in the future. Why didn’t I invest in life with more vigor more passion?” 370 more words


Curiosity a balm to Cardinal in this life and the next

Eager to learn:

Days before he died, Cardinal George reportedly told seminary rector Father Robert Barron that his curiosity was awakened, he was “so eager” to see God.

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Blithe Spirit

Facing uncertainties with hope

We continue to live in something of a twilight zone with Ben. Since I posted here last, he has had at least three small seizures – one, as I was pushing him in a wheelchair around the grounds at the Mardon Centre, another as Simeon and I, with one of the nurses, walked him back to his room after a meal, and the third, just yesterday as he was sitting at the meal table and then back on his bed. 1,040 more words

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