Mother’s Day lands on people in different places. Some people have lost their moms and it can be a bittersweet day of gratefulness and loss. The older I become the more I tend to appreciate the sweet / salty aspects of life and how to laugh and cry on the same day. At least we are alive enough to FEEL. Others mourn their inability to … Continue reading Mothers. An Essential Service
Sadly, Tina Turner was a little bit right… I think we have miscues about love. Normally I write about things that amuse me but today for some reason I was amused by something I’ve heard over the years a dozen times. “I don’t know if I love her anymore” “I don’t know if I love him anymore” It’s such a dangerous thing to say because … Continue reading What’s Love got to do with it
I’ve been married long enough to be amused by star-struck lovers. “Oh Pastor, you don’t understand! We’re in LOVE. We have a song! We’re not going to have problems like other married people.” Right. Let me throw up in my mouth a little… I get it. What would someone who’s STILL married after all these years know about marriage? What would someone who’s twenty years … Continue reading They Have a Song…
Everything built on a lie falls. Just give it time. Matthew 7:26-27 The Message (MSG) 26-27 “….you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.” My daughter Katie is super sharp. She’s so sharp that it gets her into trouble. She struggles … Continue reading No. More. Secrets.
Lovely Erin…. My aunt Lynda Kope said this to me before we were married: “When you get married you do it because of this and because of that. You stay married in spite of this and in spite of that.” She was right. One of my lifelong friends told me something before I’d met Erin about marriage that always stuck with me. “Corey, there are … Continue reading It’s Been 15 Years Baby!
Neela Neela…… I’m starting to get some grey hair and I know where it’s coming from. We’re driving around town the other day and Neela asks me “Dad, are you in love with anyone?” I just look at her. She now has the attention of my other girls in the car. I say wryly “Of course I am! I’m in love with you!” She starts … Continue reading “But I love him dad!”
Don’t we all envy whole hearted people? I mean people who can somehow walk into a situation where they know that doing the right thing or standing up for a cause means taking a beating for it? They walk in with a rueful smile and out with one and do the same thing the next day too. These are people I want in my corner. … Continue reading The Whole Hearted. Shame on You!
It all began when I was in Haiti… My wife and I had taken a group of high school students from our native Canada to Haiti to do some relief work in a place where friends of ours lived when I discovered “The Beautiful Game”. I was dressed in semi-formal clothes wearing semi-formal shoes (I had been working with some of the church leaders I … Continue reading My Love Affair with Liverpool Football Club
Do you feel worthy of love and belonging? Brene Brown (and others) have unearthed a topic that is making me squirm. Shame. I’m both fascinated by it and repelled. Do I feel worthy of love and belonging right now? Today? The more shame I feel the less I connect with people. That’s what really hurts, so I thought it would be worth digging into. … Continue reading Shame on You! Daring Greatly
I tweeted “Never anger a 5 foot tall Irish woman called “Mom”! last week @CoreyKope Words to live by… You know, I had a long conversation with my mom about an unusual subject this weekend. Baggage. I asked her what her family life was like growing up and that lead into what dating looked like … Continue reading Looking for Love 3. What Your Mom Forgot to Tell You