Church

May 08 2014

First Confession

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There are plenty of Bible verses that talk about confessing our sins. In the churches I was a part of growing up, there was a strong emphasis on holiness, but the confession part was watered …

I’m Sorry. I Can’t Read Your Blog Right Now.

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“You’re crying; you say you’ve burned yourself. But can you think of anyone who’s not hazy with smoke?” - Rumi _______________ Imagine walking to work with a steaming mug of coffee in your hand. You’re just about …

Family

May 08 2014

For Your Own Good

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I didn't realize how strong my 18-month-old was until I had to hold a breathing treatment mask over his nose and mouth. He bucked, kicked, and pushed the misty mask away while screaming in agony. I …

Radical Lives and White Picket Fences

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From old straw hat to converse sneakers, I am spattered. My husband has a shock of bright paint in his hair, and my boys are doused and dripping with it. The girls have wandered off, …

Family

May 07 2014

Everyday Lament

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Words pierce like a weapon. The comments crisscross via phone slashing her. In the middle of a seminary campus walks a woman with quick stride and a crushed heart. When we talk she’s stunned (or …

When Suffering Becomes White Noise

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What I was most stunned by was the constant, consistent destruction. No nook nor cranny can escape in a place like this. Littered porches, smoke from burning garbage, crumbling doorways opening to dark places, a …

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