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
Breathe in. Breathe out. Yet another doctor, with his stethoscope connecting his ears to my lungs, asks me to take a deep breath in, then out. "Good, good. Again, take a deep breath in. Now out. Good, good." Free encouragement (or if you count the copay, $30 encouragement) for doing what my body has known how to do … Continue reading Breathe In, Breathe Out
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
I fell asleep to wailing. Deep, agonized, pain-trying-to-leave-the-body sobs. Rhythmic singing interrupted the tormented weeping, sending a lament to God or a plea to her sister to rise up again. The melody suddenly leapt into another gut-wrenching cry. I lay on the other side of the wall, listening but trying not to and being pulled … Continue reading Rise Up
“Like a boil that can never be cured as long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its pus-flowing ugliness to the medicines of air and light, injustice must likewise be exposed, with all of the tension its exposing creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of natural … Continue reading Stepping Across the Line
Here is just a small tribute to some incredible people who have had a big impact on my life. 21 lessons and some photos of those who taught them to me. Thank you to all these and even more who aren't pictured. 1. There are people in our lives who have more faith in us … Continue reading 21 Lessons in 21 Years