Marriage: Beyond the Toothpaste Cap

The pastor assigned to conduct our pre-marital counselling tilted back in his seat and smiled wryly at us. He must have known, looking at our young, eager faces. How very unprepared we were. How little we knew about making a life together. Perhaps he thought we wouldn’t heed his advice, in our freshly engaged, love-soaked […]

A Prayer for the Complicated Legacy

It was a rainy morning drive to work, and I was tired. My golden retriever decided not to sleep the night before and my anxiety decided to keep him company, so I only got three hours of sleep. I was recovering from a nasty cold and, of course, I was noticing the telltale signs that […]

I Give You Your Faults

“Meg, I give you your faults.” “My faults!” Meg cried. “Your faults.” “But I’m always trying to get rid of my faults!” “Yes,” Mrs. Which said. “However, I think you’ll find that they’ll come in handy on Camazotz.” // I recently reread one of my favorite childhood novels, A Wrinkle in Time, in preparation for […]

A Cup of Coffee and a Piece of Hope

By Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros | Twitter: @CisnerosCafe I watched the homeless boy come in to our church cafe, his hoodie too big for his small frame, his shoes worn, his curly hair piled under a baseball cap. I served him a cup of coffee; he added sugar, canela, and took a swig. He pulled off his baseball cap, […]

Welcome In, Doubt

By Christina Bacino | Facebook In the throes of acute PTSD, I woke one morning to find God had left me. Eight years of working with trauma victims, most of whom were raped or trafficked, and the darkness of it all suddenly descended on me. Like a light-switch turned off, my brain could not conceive […]