Culture

September 01 2014

The Artist Who Forgives

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The fear and frustration of “I can’t do my longing justice and feed my children” is somehow compassionately softened by the trying anyway at both, each day. --Sarah Masen The pastor offered that there would be …

Culture

August 29 2014

I am afraid

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that you are afraid that you with the once-big questions and the once-big wild and wandering heart have wedged into a hollow of answers that won't keep you up at night, that won't nip at your heels or ask your Belief to reckon, that fit …

Editor Letter

August 27 2014

Recovery Room: The Path Through Pain

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Welcome to the Recovery Room, a monthly editorial series where I consider the process of coming clean from the addictions that bind. For me, it’s alcohol. For you, perhaps it’s pills, or cutting, or eating, …

To Grow As Tall a Tree As God Has Planted

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I was far away from home when a friend of a friend said she had a word from God for me. She had been praying about it for weeks. I sat on a tall stool …

Blowing Over: A Hurricane Remembrance

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The ordinary shoves up against the monumental. — Colum McCann On a Saturday afternoon in late August, three years ago, Hurricane Irene brought her wind and dropped her water as Richmond, Virginia, experienced the harsh effects …

Culture

August 26 2014

Who Do You Need Him to Be?

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On a normal day, not too long ago, some garden friends and I were exchanging a number of prayer requests, when one bright girl stopped us in our tracks and asked if we could pray …

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