Family

September 10 2014

I ask, and yet

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My father called with the news that my grandmother wasn’t well. She hadn’t been well for some time; she was in her nineties, and the years were catching up. We made a hasty decision. We …

Church

September 09 2014

The Gas Station Evangelist

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My husband was tethered to our car by the gas pump when I noticed a strange man walking toward us. I was glad chrome and glass distanced us but I felt for my husband, a polite …

We Gave Birth in a Hospital That Wasn’t Being Bombed

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My wife and I fell in love to the sounds of distant gunfire and the sonic boom of fighter jets. We went out on our first date to a steak house just down the road …

Culture

September 08 2014

Being Saved by Beauty

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“One thing have I asked of the LORD, one thing will I seek: to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD in …

Culture

September 04 2014

Space For Silence

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I have been silent. I have been reading, watching, tweeting. I have been staying up later than is wise and praying that information will provide wisdom, guidance, and words. Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot at …

I Am Not A Pacifist (But I Live In That Land)

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We are swimming in the deep waters of a typical summer. There is reading on the porch (the librarian looks at me with wide eyes when she tells me the number of books we have …

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