About Dcs. Pamela Boehle-Silva

Pamela Boehle-Silva is the deaconess at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Gratitude and Advent Longings

Gratitude bestows  reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent  moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.    JOHN  MILTON, 17TH-CENTURY ENGLISH POET Matongo, Kenya  We’ve rounded the corner of Thanksgiving and moved … Continue reading

30 million Kenyans cannot access clean water

It was an unlikely meeting one April morning, 2012. She, not even thirty. Me, nudging into middle age (OK, I was plunging into middle age, not liking it one bit).  Mutual friends kept insisting that we meet because of our … Continue reading

Love is Born

Shock as new widow ‘strangles, dumps baby in toilet’ “A village in Githunguri, Kiambu County, was in shock yesterday after a woman allegedly strangled and dumped her two-week old baby in a pit latrine.  When the body was retrieved, residents … Continue reading

Leaving on a Jet Plane

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go… OK, I WISH, all my bags were packed and I was ready to go. Sunday, 18 September 2016 Awaking at 4:30 on a Sunday morning and try as I might, unable … Continue reading

Mercy Ever Ancient. Ever New                                        St. Augustine

I’ve had some time off these past few weeks and have filled it with resting, reading, walking and more often than I’d like, catching the ever shifting news. Tucked in amongst the tirades of presidential candidates, the gold medals of … Continue reading

Funeral Service for Gene Holland

Tuesday of Pentecost, (May 17, 2016) John 14:1-6 TITLE: “Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled” Family and friends of Gene, especially his daughters, stepsons, and you, Peg. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord, Jesus … Continue reading

She Walks in Beauty

“To love someone means to see them as God intended.”                                                             … Continue reading

A Journey of Mercy

 “Each day is a journey and the journey itself home,” the poet Matsuo Basho wrote more than three hundred years ago. In 2006 a journey unfolded itself before me, a journey for which I was not prepared. How does a … Continue reading

Sitting vigil: February 2011

In the still, inky hours between midnight and dawn, my father lay dying.  Unable to speak or move, struggling for breath, his vital organs shutting down, he lay there succumbing to the ravages of a severe stroke and pneumonia. It … Continue reading

Third Annual Taste of Loomis  Friday, June 19…get your tickets!

About this time last year, I gave a little shout-out for Taste of Loomis, put on by the For One Another Foundation. For those of you who attended, you can attest to the bounty of libations, food and the wonderfulness … Continue reading