Resistance is My Stance of Hope

Some people call it deconstructing or unsettling. I feel like I’m just trying to sort stuff out. I was raised in the church. I went to Sunday School, Girls’ Club, Youth Group and Church Camp. I was taught all the stories, memorized all the bible verses and could hold my own in a “sword” drill. […]

The Psalmist’s Voice

By Naomi Pattison-Williams | Twitter: @NaomiWilliams87 I have a fair-weather relationship with the Psalmist. Oh, we have long sung in unison, My lips accustomed to the rhythm of Dwelling in the house of the Lord forever; Being led to green pastures; Lifting my eyes to the mountains; and Finding refuge under the wings of the Almighty. But they […]

Nothing Worse than Being Ordinary?

By Shelbi Anderson Gesch Do you think I’m ordinary?   When she asks this question, Angela, the superficial, too-beautiful-to-be-real girl in the movie American Beauty embodies the darkest, deepest pain inside me. I hated her—until that scene at the end of the movie, where she nearly gets what she wants, and then comes to the […]

Sixty Days

By: Erin Thomas | Twitter: @erinthomas_123   Sixty days. Last Thursday marked sixty long, hard-won days free of the Beast. Hi, my name’s Erin and I’m a recovering addict. When I was twenty-six years old, I had been working with abandoned children and infants in the beautiful country of Romania. Upon my return, I experienced a […]

The Ache

The rain has stopped, for now. It fell in leaden sheets all morning, slanting hard and sharp. The gutters struggling to keep up. The ruts in the driveway filling to excess. The worms floating. But now the sun has broken through and the sodden earth attempts to rise. The air that hangs between them is […]