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Teach Me How to Age Well

To the women in my life, Please don’t be afraid of aging. I know you’re weary of stretch marks and wrinkled skin and saggy boobs. I know you strategically drape your sarees to cover your belly, and constantly keep checking to see if your shirt covers your flabby arms. I see you restocking products that promise to defy age and reduce wrinkles. I hear you asking … [Read More]

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When Love Is An Ocean

You call me out upon the waters The great unknown where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep My faith will stand - Oceans, by … [Read More]

The Courage of the Young Women of Mahima

By Stephen Philps The SUV rumbled up the dirt road to the walled compound. I saw ten-foot concrete walls adorned with sharp razor wire. Then a metal gate squeaked … [Read More]

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Beatitude for the Privileged

"Blessed are you when you give a feast and invite those who cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just." —Luke 14:14 In Luke 14, we … [Read More]

Cut Open

Our colorful nativity set was placed on a table beside our box TV that year. We were weeks away from welcoming our first child and I was overcome with anxiety about … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: Threading My Prayer Rug Introduction

Who are we? Where are we from; what traditions, habits, and beliefs prop us up and comfort us? And who are we if we are removed from everything that is familiar? In Threading My Prayer Rug, Sabeeha Rehman takes us along on her lifetime discovery of her … [Read More]

Open Your Eyes to the Light

“However, late, then, it may seem, let us rouse ourselves from lethargy. That is what scripture urges on us when it says: the time has come for us to rouse ourselves from sleep. Let us open our eyes to the light that can change us into the likeness of  God. … [Read More]

Oh God, Do You Hear Their Prayers?

By Natalie Patton | Insta: @naticakes It’s the middle of the sweltering Bangkok workday, and I’m wrestling with God in the back of a taxi on my way home from prison. I’m slipping around on hot vinyl as my theology gets pressed and squeezed like the limes at … [Read More]

When I Was A Child

By Amy Curran When I was a child, I thought like a child, I spoke like a child, I acted like a child. Now that I am grown, I have put my childish ways behind me. I have forgotten how to lie in the tall grass and watch it whisper above my head, telling … [Read More]

Was it the V-Neck?

At the tender age of six, I was involved in a tense confrontation. My family and I were leaving the sanctuary of our small, Mennonite Brethren church, when an older gentleman remarked on what beautiful hair I had. He used the German phrase—schönes Haar—and … [Read More]

The Sacred Invitation of Impairment

By Kelley J. Leigh | Twitter: @KelleyJLeigh I. Barriers I am hearing impaired. Much as I’d like to pretend otherwise, I can’t hear without the assistance of hearing aids and lip reading. I need to sit close to faces to see words as they form on lips … [Read More]

It’s Okay to Laugh at God

I don’t know that I was explicitly told in Sunday School that what you said to God was “Yes, sir,” but nevertheless I got the message loud and clear. Good girls say “yes” when God calls. The faithful always answer, “Here am I. Send me.” Even if God says crazy … [Read More]

Reclaiming My Brain: I am Not Stupid

I can still hear her scolding reprimand. I was in Grade 10 and my teacher had yelled at me in front of the entire class, telling me that I should probably just quit taking her Math class because I was going to fail it anyway. She went on to say that because I … [Read More]

Doe, a Deer, a Female Deer

“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” –Mother Superior, The Sound of Music Currently, I am in a season with many walls, few doors, and quite a few windows to the outside world—taunting me by what I’m allegedly missing. I’ve been here … [Read More]

I Have Such Hope for Girls

I have deep Hope for Girls. I know I stand on the shoulders of every woman who has gone before me and has made a way for me. I know I have not come to this moment in history—this freedom to move and vote and do business and write and lead and preach—on my … [Read More]

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