My Hair Journey: The Deepest Reclaiming of Soul

I fell in love with natural hair in second grade. Traci wore her cotton candy clouds of hair woven into two soft braids. They criss-crossed at the nape of her neck.  From my seat at a wooden desk scribbled with the names of children who’d come before me, I watched and dreamed about her hair. Traci’s […]

Sisterhood is a Dance

We move, intimately and instinctually. What we have is a partnership A soul tie and bond An intimacy born of dance. I trust the tension of the symbolic thread binding us together. You are my sister. You notice the void and aren’t afraid to step into the spotlight of my darkness. You notice the spaces […]

Rewriting a Love Story: On Becoming Real

“The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty.” —Anne Lamott “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” —John 12:24 (ESV) We pulled into the driveway at my brother’s home after an hour-and-a-half-long ride […]

Change My Name, God

“I told Jesus be alright if you change my name … if you change my name.” —Roberta Flack “Christianity hasn’t been tried and found empty … it has been found difficult and left untried.” —G.K. Chesterton I started seminary this fall. The three-year-long whisper-turned-roar led me to apply when I gathered the courage to open my […]

A God Who Never Leaves

He himself is before all things and all things are held together in him. – Colossians 1:17 + + + If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. – Psalm […]