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October 30 2014

Stepping Into the Holy

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It washed over me in a flood yesterday afternoon: I really love my life. Even when it’s hard, even when things I did not choose interrupt my forward progress on the way to where I …

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October 28 2014

Lament for a Memory

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The glow of petal pink and glitter sparkle are faded under a Gaussian blur of dust and years. The petals' edges have browned and curled a bit like the pages of an old well-loved book. …

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October 23 2014

God is in the Text

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Parents know this: children save their biggest questions for the most inconvenient times. More often than not, the eventual result is more than grace to weary parents. My phone chimed. The text read: In the Old Testament, …

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October 21 2014

Fresh, Not Frozen

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When the dark days came the first time, I stopped cooking. I was nearly 30, I had four very young children, and a husband who was battling demons that nearly took him out of the picture …

When Toddlers and Spiritual Practices Meet

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For every act of spiritual renewal I’ve attempted, it feels like there’s an equal and opposite reaction from my children. That’s not a solid law. It may not even be true. It just feels like that when …

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October 14 2014

Take Up a Different Story

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The bell calls in the town Where forebears cleared the shaded land And brought high daylight down To shine on field and trodden road. I hear, but understand Contrarily, and walk into the woods. I leave labor and load, Take up a …

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