Becoming

I wish I were, but I’m not. I wish I were wise and good and gentle and kind. I wish I were delightful and loving and caring. I wish I were calm and demure. I wish I were gracious and humble. I wish I were chill and even-keeled and steady. I wish I were forgiving […]

A Little Light, Please

I am not afraid of winter. I am a Pacific Northwest stereotype through and through. I wear boots and wool plaid lumberjack coats and slouchy beanies and I trek outdoors in the rain with a grin on my face. I can handle the long, dark days and the incessant rain and the bare trees. I […]

Spinning Straw Into Gold

These last few days of the year hang a little jagged. They are hemming in a collection of words and doings and dreams and dust and there are loose threads about. There is much that I want to forget. So many crystalline words and hasty decisions and all that revisionist history and tunnel vision, not […]

An Advent Prayer

Pausing to Say, “Thank You,” and “You’re Welcome!” We’re halfway there, Lord. Halfway. We’re walking through this season of waiting we call Advent, this season filled with songs in a minor key, and we’re grateful for it. More than many in recent memory, this particular Advent feels heavy, confusing, and terribly sad. The world around […]

Back In the (Church) Saddle

By Beth Watkins | Twitter: @iambethwatkins Earlier this year I moved back to the US after being away for six years, with my husband, a new immigrant to America, in tow. We came in exhausted, burned out and sick. And after some tumultuous, and sometimes traumatic, years overseas we found ourselves weary, broken and struggling […]