Drinking Vodka Out of Frozen Turkeys

What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. Jackie DeShannon belted out those words decades ago but they still ring so true. The more I engage in relationship with people (and myself!) I am struck by the deep need for love in this world.  […]

She Looked Like Me

I was terrified the day we opened Mercy Canada. Years of sweat and a very healthy dose of tears had led up to this moment. I had planned events, managed finances, and organized teams of volunteers from a teensy, frigid portable while this home—this perfect home—was renovated from the studs up. I wrote Scripture on […]

To the Mother Who Has Loved and Been Left

“Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.” – Brennan Manning Dear Mother of an Addicted Person, I don’t know what your holiday will look like this year and maybe you don’t either. I […]

Rebirth in the Psych Ward

Not many places on earth lend themselves to the acute aspiration and suffocating defeat of a psych ward. Especially when you’re an adolescent. My husband works in such a place. His name is Jason. He stands at a modest 5’9”, average build, but with eyes that could call the confession or compassion out of a […]

Chasing the Light

by Melody Hanson | @melodyhhanson I’m celebrating that I’ve been sober for five years. Sometimes I describe my sobriety as chasing the light because more often than I like to admit, I’m heavy with an awareness of the wreckage in my dark heart. Usually the weight of addiction drapes over me like the thick, humid air of […]