The Presence of Absence

I saw a meme on social media last night that summed it up: “What a year this week has been.” We’re all feeling it.

I’m struggling to focus, maybe you are too. But we continue to move forward one step at a time and, as best as we can, keep our eyes, minds, and hearts focused on the ageless, timeless, and eternal things.

I feel almost sheepish coming here today to reveal the cover of my new book and to let you know that preorders of the ebook  version are available now, but we must stay the course. Dig in, dig deep, not waver.

Perhaps now, more than ever, we need to be reminded that we’re so deeply loved, and that we’re called to love in return. That, in part, is the message of the new book.

There’s more, so much more—it’s a kaleidoscope of sweetness, solitude, stillness, with a measure of my continuing adoptee narrative thrown in to season the story. I never planned to write another adoption themed book but it turns out I had more to say on the subject.

Be kind to one another, dear ones. Wash your hands, don’t give in to fear, look to the rock of your faith to keep you strong. Stay home if you can, read good books, have deep conversations, and look for delight. We’ll get through this.



I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Just curious – how is the coronavirus affecting your life in Canada? There are just 8 cases in Oklahoma so far, but many guidelines have been put in place to hopefully slow the spread. I’m surrounded by cases, but none so far in my county or the adjoining counties. The title of your books seems apt for our times. Ours bishop closed all our churches for services until Palm Sunday..

    1. Our situation here is much the same as that in your country, Joyce. The number of those affected are growing. Schools are closed (or closing) and large gatherings are being canceled. Many larger churches did not hold services yesterday and won’t next week either. Ours did, but precautions are in place to limit contact with one another. Supplies in stores are being (foolishly) hoarded and crazily, toilet paper is just as scarce in Canada as it is south of the border. We are “social distancing” as you are. The latest information is 73 confirmed cases in British Columbia where we live and one confirmed death.

  2. Congratulations on the book! The cover is lovely. I’m avoiding all people, all gatherings, etc. I will need to go out for supplies soon, even though I’m in the group of over-60s they talk about. Take care of yourselves!

    1. Thanks, my friend. Take care. We’re in a similar boat here.

  3. Linda, your words are appreciated this morning, as always. Your new book cover is stunning, and the theme you share is intriguing. Can’t wait to read!

    1. Good morning, Sherrey. These are crazy times for sure. Thanks for your kind words. I’m so pleased with the way the cover turned out too.

  4. The cover is lovely and I have no doubt the contents will be as well. I looking forward to reading it. Stay well!

    1. Thank you so much, Joan. Praying you are well.

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