Wretchedly Familiar: When Life Feels Unfair

Wasn’t it just two months ago that I wrote about lament in this space? I checked, friends, and yes, it was. In September. Today, I find myself needing to return to those songs-in-a-minor-key for a while longer. October’s theme opened my sad heart to a season of rejoicing, for remembering all of the gracious things […]

Making Room for Lament

In the months from April to August of this year, we have attended five funerals and sent a eulogy to be read at a sixth. These were services of worship and remembrance, held in honor of people we loved, people whose lives intersected with ours regularly, even when those lives were very short. It began […]

When Death is So Near

I can’t seem to turn off the news Tune out the screens It’s everywhere brown bodies black lives the debating between who’s humanity is actually seen this time the body fell, not so far from me it’s on the street that I drive to work or home sometimes, from my friends I’ve stopped at that […]

When Your Husband is Unfaithful

By A Daughter of Hope Trigger Warning: Description of Infidelity and Reference to Pornography Hard things are too hard. I’m sitting here, staring at the ceiling in the counseling room of the church. A room I’d dreamed I’d be doing the counseling in, not being counseled. The ceiling is ugly, mottled and full of cracks and […]

In the Darkness of Friday

I pry through my closed blinds and notice glints of pink and magenta. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom and are caught in the steady waves of a light breeze. Spring is here. But on this side of my blinds, it remains dark and cold. I light a candle and whisper, “Lord, have mercy.” […]