The Red Couch: Welcoming the Stranger Discussion

It was a small bolt of red cloth that captured the world’s attention. A tiny fragile body. Someone else’s child. In that moment of seeing, the stranger on the other side of the world became our neighbor. It shattered the illusion of distance and difference. We found common ground in our grief. The tragedy of the […]

Showing Up When It Hurts

By Sarah Quezada | Twitter: @SarahQuezada When you’re three years old and King of the Tree House, there’s nothing better than slamming the trap door shut to keep out your big sister. I’m pretty sure that’s what my son Isaac was doing when his finger got in the way and he nearly took the tip clean […]

You Didn’t Quote Scripture

By Meadow Rue Merrill | Twitter: @meadowruewrites In the dim light of a Maine morning, I glanced out the living room window to see you sitting in your car, headlights off. My husband and our four remaining children were upstairs, tucked safely in their beds, asleep. Grief was my dark and constant companion and had been […]

But the Cross Hurts

“Take up your cross and follow me.”  —Luke 9:23  Easter is coming. All around the world followers of Jesus will be celebrating his resurrection and the good news of the gospel. Easter dresses. Easter Sunday sermons. Easter baskets for the kids. Easter crosses. Easter hope.  I personally love Easter. I love the story of life […]

Love Thy Neighbour

I am not a very good neighbour. We’ve lived in this rented house for nearly 18 months, and I know the names of just two of our neighbours. I know the old man who lives next door, who mumbles so badly I understand only about 20% of what he says. Most of our relationship is him […]