Hearing God in the Silence

by Heather Trapp | instagram: real.life.devotions.by.heather One day, everything was great. The next day, the bottom fell out. My well-strategized pastoral career plan hit a wall.  I called my husband, who truly felt bad but had no idea what to say. Then I called my best friend, who graciously listened to me rant. Finally I called […]

Salvation in the Grieving

By Beth Watkins | Twitter: @iambethwatkins Whenever I share about my life overseas, people comment that I chose a hard path. Perhaps I didn’t choose an easy road, but it was a great privilege to even be able to choose a path at all. This is no small thing. And though I endured some difficult […]

Making Room for Lament

In the months from April to August of this year, we have attended five funerals and sent a eulogy to be read at a sixth. These were services of worship and remembrance, held in honor of people we loved, people whose lives intersected with ours regularly, even when those lives were very short. It began […]

Why I Amplify Their Stories

I feel the tension every time I open my computer and am bombarded with need on every side. My news feed is filled with pictures of families fleeing from rising waters and stories of refugees flooding into the no man’s land between countries. There are a thousand different appeals for funds, for volunteers, for someone—anyone—to […]

Words of Life

Words of life! WORDS OF LIIIIFE!! This is what my father used to shout at us when things got a little snippy around our house. This wasn’t just a one-time thing. He shouted it so often at us, we now raise our eyebrows and say it to each other, just a little warning that you […]