Singing Without Words

The other day I heard Father Gregory Boyle speak in Denver. A Jesuit priest, he sang the song of my heart when talking about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the trenches of real life with the marginalized and oppressed. He said, “We don’t go to the margins to rescue people. We […]

Solidarity like the Redwoods

I was born in California and I remember family road trips through the redwoods and their majestic beauty, running through the forest and hugging their huge trunks. Redwoods are tall, strong, resilient, and live for thousands of years. But what we might not know is that their roots are relatively shallow, which doesn’t quite make […]

But the Cross Hurts

“Take up your cross and follow me.”  —Luke 9:23  Easter is coming. All around the world followers of Jesus will be celebrating his resurrection and the good news of the gospel. Easter dresses. Easter Sunday sermons. Easter baskets for the kids. Easter crosses. Easter hope.  I personally love Easter. I love the story of life […]

Doing Hard Things Scared

Fear. Damn it, I hate fear. I wish I didn’t know it so well. I wish its tentacles didn’t wrap around my heart and my soul so deeply, sometimes sapping my courage like some kind of cruel sport. Fear kills. Fear destroys. Fear paralyzes. Fear maims. But I’m learning something important right now about fear, […]

Before Us, After Us

Women are strong. Women are resilient. Women are brave. Women have been nurturing hope, cultivating community, tending to children, binding up wounds, blazing trails, changing minds, pioneering new adventures, breaking glass ceilings, falling down and getting back up since the beginning of time. So many have gone before us. The paths they forged for equal […]