In Remembrance of our Fathers

By Carolyn Weber —  November 4, 2014

Charles Drake

Charles Drake
1933 – 2014

Family, friends and those of you who have read my memoir Surprised by Oxford are aware that one of the primary reasons my husband and I relocated our family back to my hometown was to spend more time with my aging parents, and hopefully to share in God’s love back here.

We have been blessed with many precious memories indeed, and treasure God’s faithfulness. One of the ways in which my homecoming has been an immense blessing was in the deepening of my relationship with my father, Charles Drake. Over the last few years, my father’s own faith had blossomed and deepened. And then, beautifully this summer, surrounded by his grandchildren, my father declared his trust in our Lord, and his love for Christ.

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Spring At My Window

By Carolyn Weber —  June 11, 2014

Bird on Spring BranchThis past winter was very long for many reasons, few of which had to do with the weather. But the arrival of spring, like the rising of the sun, the unfurling of the seed, the need in us to love and be loved, never ceases to amazes me, and yes, does trump in the end, the cruelty, the suffering, the anguish of unanswered questions. We only see one side of the tapestry: the underside. And it is knotted and bumpy and frayed, faded in color and with a hint of design but none of the vibrancy of eternal perspective or the complete comprehension, let alone appreciation of, heaven-faced glory.

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I’m Guest Posting this Week at . . .

By Carolyn Weber —  May 22, 2014

The Localization of Grace: Bringing Home God’s Peace ~ at Faith Today

Coming Hm

 

On Writing, My Writing Process and Work in Progress hosted by Anita Mathias at Dreaming Beneath the Spires about Faith and Art in 21st Century Oxford

 

 

 

 

Obedience

By Carolyn Weber —  May 9, 2014

Bloom ~ Christ Church GardenObedience. What does it mean to be obedient? Lately I have found myself particularly pondering this question from a faith perspective. Scripture tells us that the Lord prefers obedience even to sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22); but often, I have to admit, the two feel one and the same. Being obedient can seem a sacrifice – so difficult to yield up one’s will to that of God, or how, in good faith, one is perceiving God’s will to be. How are we to live our lives by such nudges and tappings, such “sensing” or attempts to discern? I want the plans laid in concrete, the exclamation mark of instant reply. I desire my hands on the reins and the path clear ahead. I want a “sign,” confirmation, something written in the sky. But so often we are met with silence, and is it, as CS Lewis put it, really an answer because it is the only Real answer? Continue Reading…

Easter Preparations

By Carolyn Weber —  April 19, 2014

Lake ErieIt is Good Friday, the most paradoxical of days. Living the day feels like a contradiction for a Christian, at least, often, for me. On one hand, we hold close the grief of what Jesus did on the cross. On the other, we are to be glad, for it is “Good” – the death of this God-as-man gives atonement for our sins, bridges the otherwise unfathomable gap, His body hung on the cross the strange exclamation mark to “It is finished” and in which we now must live out the conclusion.

Good Friday, the one day in the liturgical year on which I feel the most conflicted. A river runs through it, through me. My core consists of moving currents, most seemingly at odds: despair and hope; degradation and exultation; disbelief and faith; sorrow and joy.
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