Denise Day Spencer

April 25, 2008

Hurting brain

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 7:33 am

Recently I was walking across our campus and saw that the teacher for our K-grade 2 faculty/staff children had the kids out doing foot races. Everyone was running gleefully except for one little fellow who was having a meltdown. He sat on a rock, the hood of his neon-orange raincoat pulled over his downcast head.

“It’s not fair!” he wailed. “I always lose! In every race, I always lose!”

One of his small buddies approached to offer support. He stooped slightly to get down on his friend’s level. “When I run really fast my brain hurts!” he offered. I have no idea how that was supposed to help, but bless his little heart, he tried.

Aren’t little kids the greatest?



  1. I’ve been a fan of your husband’s writing for a while and just read the “announcement”. I’m a Evangelical PK that turned Catholic a couple years ago, and I really appreciate how Michael puts his heart on the table (I don’t think my dad wants to talk about it at all). What he wrote helped me to understand the affect I’ve had on my own family and maybe why they’ve reacted as they have.

    My spouse has no interest in joining me, so I know it can be difficult for everyone involved. I will not say Welcome Home, but maybe I can get away with Enjoy the Ride? =) Peace be with you, Denise. You and Michael have my prayers.

    Comment by Chad Toney — May 6, 2008 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  2. Denise,

    I wanted to congratulate you on your first initiation rite class. May God richly bless you and your family as you enter into this new communion.

    Grace and Peace

    Comment by Mark Nikirk — May 6, 2008 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  3. Also popped over from BHT. God bless you on this journey! I pray that the peace that you’ve found deepens and brings you even more joy!

    Comment by Lisa — May 6, 2008 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

  4. Denise,
    I read Michael’s blog (internetmonk) and wanted to pop over here and encouarge you – to let you know that I am praying for you and Michael during this season.

    My husband and I have different views – even though we both attend church together. We are there because our 16 year old son is being fed there spiritually – and that is the most important thing to us right now.

    It drives him crazy that I love to visit (and ask questions about) the catholic faith, the messaniac Jewish church, etc. Our apposing views almost destroyed our marriage. Having to learn that I was not invited to be part of my husband’s relationship with God was a hard blow – since I was just certain that I knew how to “do Christianity right”! 🙂

    Comment by Kelly — May 7, 2008 @ 9:39 am | Reply

  5. I read this in your hubby’s blog: “to me, having a husband for a pastor is essentially not having a pastor!” and as someone who has been married to a pastor for 27 years, yeah, I’m with you. That has been one of the most difficult things for me to come to terms with. It makes my brain hurt! But, nonetheless, we are all in God’s hands, and that’s all we have. God bless!

    Comment by Tamara — May 8, 2008 @ 7:05 am | Reply

  6. Like most others, I read your husband’s blog, and have read his post about your journey. As I posted there, I will pray for God’s will to be done for you both.

    I feel some connection to what you all are going through since I am a Protestant who feels he is being led to the Orthodox Church, and neither my wife or children share this sentiment, or even understand that I feel a call beyond my own power or reasoning.

    I have the feelings as does Michael (though I’m just a layman, no pastor) about how hard it would be not to share in the Eucharist, or to be no longer as wedded in worship with my wife as in the past. Also all the issues of exclusivity and what or who is the legitimate Church that the Lord Jesus left behind. I mean we all feel called, led, or born into the legitimate Church don’t we? But, there are a lot of us out there with differing opinions and answers aren’t there?

    This is just a long way of saying I empathize with each of you, and will pray for you and join in believing that surely God has a plan in all of this confusion all of us find ourselves in.

    Comment by Eoin — May 8, 2008 @ 8:12 am | Reply

  7. I, too, am guilty of finding my way to your blog after reading the post at Boar’s Head Tavern. I just wanted to say that I’m praying for you, for Michael and for your family — for the journey as you begin RCIA.

    I was a sponsor in my parish’s RCIA program this year. It was very enriching for my own faith life.

    God Bless you!

    Comment by Paul Snatchko — May 13, 2008 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

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