They Call Me Pastor

The week I got a church, some of my friends at seminary stopped using my name. They started calling me pastor, at least in greeting. When we saw each other in passing in the hallway they would call to me: “Hey, Pastor!” “How’s it going, Pastor!” “Praying for you, Pastor!” Pastor. Then, when I went […]

Mija, God Doesn’t Make Mistakes

By Gloria O’Hare My Grandma Cora has always been a firm believer in God. She never doubted His love and goodness, ever. She passed away this last December, and as heartbroken as I was and still am, I still have my memories of her I still hold on to. I cherish the words she always […]

Being Kind to My 14-Year-Old Self

“Oh, please. We don’t need to see that. Next picture,” I said, looking away from the computer. My friend and I were on Facebook looking through old photos when we stumbled upon a picture from my awkward teenage years. I was 14 years old in the photo. My hair was a frizzy mess, I was […]

A Travel Fail and Cambodian Breakfast Angels

By Natalie Toon Patton | Instagram For Christmas this year, my husband and I decide to forego getting gifts for each other and instead gifted our family a post-Christmas trip to Cambodia. Google maps estimates the drive to be six hours from our home in Bangkok to Siem Reap. Google maps is out of touch in […]

Stronger Than We Know

My only son turned 13 last month. I cried the better part of three days. A memory from his childhood would spring up before me, and tears would pool in a sea of nostalgia. The year he was born, I was still young, more girl than woman. His older sister came only a month after trying […]