When Sex Isn’t Magical

by Anonymous I carefully string the beads on a wisp of fishing wire. They’re clear blue, about ten of them. Then I thread the letters: T-R-U-E L-O-V-E W-A-I-T-S. More blue beads. I tie it round my wrist, feeling accomplished. This will fix everything. / / / / I came of age in the late nineties. […]

Learning to Ask For Help

“Just because I am quiet, it doesn’t mean I’m OK.” These were the words that I spoke to my husband during one of the most challenging seasons of our lives. It was the winter of 2008. Several months earlier John’s younger brother had died quite suddenly leaving behind his grieving wife, three teenage sons and […]

This Is Where I Sit

I grew up in a church culture full of absolutes—the whole world was black and white, light and dark, us and them. We were taught, with darkness pushing in all around us, we needed to take a stand. Take a stand for Christ. Stand for what is right. Stand as the light in the dark […]

Be Sure to Notice the Collateral Beauty

By Adrienne Gross |Twitter: @adrienne_gross “So, what are you doing this weekend?”  The Trader Joe’s cashier asked, smiling, as she scanned my groceries right before closing. A holiday weekend was approaching, and most people were making plans for how to spend their extra free day from work. “Well, I’ll probably go to the pool tomorrow […]

Singing Without Words

The other day I heard Father Gregory Boyle speak in Denver. A Jesuit priest, he sang the song of my heart when talking about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the trenches of real life with the marginalized and oppressed. He said, “We don’t go to the margins to rescue people. We […]