All You Have to Be, Is Desperate

By midwinter, the empty canning jars on my basement shelves begin to overtake the number of full jars. Clear glass glints beside the jewel-toned beets, briny pickles and thick spaghetti sauce. By practicing the dying art of canning, I pay attention to these containers. I know that a family of six can put away as many […]

Pausing in the In-Between

It was a day like any other day in the life-long ministry of Zacharias the priest. With Elisabeth’s goodbye kiss still warm on his cheek, he went about his business, reporting for duty in his scheduled commitment to serve in the Temple. It was a day like no other day when the honor of entering […]

A Legacy of Striving

You opened your new eyes in the garden that God Himself had planted. Born a woman, you bypassed childhood, and came into yourself with a rush of speech, a flood of images, and a seamless, three-way companionship: you, Adam, and Elohim. Was Eden’s bird song the first sound in your perfect ears? Or was it […]

Sometimes, Instead of Bread, I Ask God for Stones

I have a battered notebook that has been with me for so long that four of its pages date back to the birth of each of my sons. It is in this notebook that I write down the requests–big and small—and bring to God. Should our family take the adventure of a cross-country trip in […]

How Far Can You Run from a Label?

His drawing of a strawberry was lopsided, the printing was primitive, but the proud smile on my little guy’s face was as genuine as the ring of strawberry jam that circled his mouth. He’d made the jam and then had labored over the personalized labels that made each jar an announcement of his creative mastery. […]