The complexity of grief is that we are dually grieving both a first and second loss. The first loss is what sets us grieving in the first place – cancer snatching our sister too soon, the cruel and unnecessary homicide of a friend, the breaking of trust in a freshly sealed marriage. The second loss … Continue reading Beyond the Second Loss
Dear Rylie, One minute you are feeling seen and known, and the next you are wondering if any human being anywhere in the world at any point in time has ever loved you at all. Why are you believing this lie, beloved? Choosing exercise in the forms of yoga, running, and surfing doesn’t need to … Continue reading A Letter to Myself on Insecurity
I once lived a really simple, privileged life. And then I turned 22 and everyone started dying, my health went to shit, and I found out that my husband of three months is addicted to drugs. Ok, it's not really that bad. Except maybe it kind of is that bad, because all of those statements … Continue reading An Open Invitation
It's been awhile; neglecting to put pen to page, my internal balance has been out of whack. Without the crafting of words to recenter myself, to learn myself as I see what and how the words come together, I've felt a little lost, as if walking through the woods at midnight without a lantern to … Continue reading Why I Write – Another Take
The dehydrated ground, with cracked skin begging for water, crumbled beneath our feet. With each step that skin turned to dust, until we reached the gathering of chairs, friends, flannels, blankets, tin mugs full of coffee, and a guitar. My dear friend settled into her chair as I nestled into a blanket on the dry ground, just … Continue reading Abundant Life in the Valley of Death
Have you ever been reading those Bible verses about the rich and the first image that comes to mind is that million dollar home along the coast? Or when you read in Matthew 19 that it is "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to … Continue reading Is There Poverty in Riches?
To my evangelical brothers and sisters, when did we start demonizing the immigrants and refugees? When did we stop seeing them as people and deem their lament over separated families and violent homelands insignificant? When did our allegiance to our political parties outweigh our allegiance to Jesus? When did we become the hypocrites who praise … Continue reading Are We Banning Jesus?
I would probably depict 2016 as a slide. Now when I say slide, please stop picturing those nice, smooth, comfortable slides that are just long enough to be fun, but not high enough to scare your 5-year-old self. Instead, picture the biggest slide on the playground, that bright yellow one that is completely enclosed. You … Continue reading A Bumpy Slide
Today, we woke up. In the likely chance that you woke up and have not been living under a rock, you have probably heard that you should "live each day like it's your last." Of course, I cannot necessarily predict how you'd assemble your last day. But I can tell you that if I chose my last day's … Continue reading The Gift of a Paradox
Like many others, I have been taking in the last few weeks with so many things I wanted to say but lacking the words. Though I still don't have the words and probably never will, I know that staying silent about issues that matter is the fuel that allows injustice to perpetuate unchallenged. So, though these … Continue reading I Am Because You Are