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.” […]

Hard Work for the New City

It’s hard to imagine newness in the shadow of destruction. In the days after 9/11, we suffered disorientation. How could we think beyond the pile of smoldering rubble, the loss of life and the new insecurity that riddled our national psyche? It was like that after the destruction of the Temple, no one had the […]

What’s Next?

On a Sunday morning one January in 2013, the central marketplace in Burundi exploded into flames. By the day’s end the hub of the local economy melted, ending the livelihood of too many. Dozens of mothers waited at the front gate of our little bank the following morning. They cried, lamenting their loss and fearing […]