In Poverty and Wealth

As a kid growing up, my family consistently lived in between the margins of financial frustration. We vacillated between not quite enough, and just enough to get by. Very rarely did we have anything that could be defined as overflow. My dad was a union carpenter who worked from dawn to dusk pounding nails in […]

Return to Your Rest, O My Soul

It wasn’t like I stopped loving God. It was more like I stopped liking God. God had disappointed me, and I didn’t know how to make it all straight in my head. I continued to pray and seek God’s will. To obey. And it was honest. There was nothing false about it. A lot had […]

Catch the Moments Between the Bookends

On August 18, I celebrated my fortieth birthday—the bookend of a long and winding decade. Months before my birthday, I’d planned on celebrating with a huge outdoor party in which I could chat and hang out with all my friends and family. As the days crept by, the ache for a big party ebbed and […]

I’ve Heard It Said (More Times than I Can Count)

I’ve Heard It Said (more times than I can count). In church, people told me women are more easily deceived than men because, Eve. They also said a woman shouldn’t be an elder in the church because we are too emotional. Also, the argument that a woman should not be the senior pastor of a […]

Holding the Space

As with all painful seasons that take us by surprise, there were some overwhelmingly beautiful aspects of my time in Chile; but the first year, in particular, was the darkest of my life. It was a year that stripped me of my assumptions about God and my faith in humankind. It nearly swallowed me whole. […]