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 is the big day, the day we've all been waiting for. Today is the day I turn 23. Oh wait, that's just the day I've been waiting for. Don't worry, I'll forgive you if you had no idea it's my birthday. However, if you don't know the big, I mean the really big national … Continue reading The Big Day
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