Standing Here

Oh, I so don’t want to do this, Lord. I want to sit in the back, shut my eyes, shutter my ears, close my mouth, still my voice. And yet, I cannot. You compel me, you urge me, you call me out. You tell me, in no uncertain terms, to stand up. To stand up […]

The Divine Work of Freedom

I can tell you that my faith falls short sometimes. That my prayers come out weak and full of disclaimers. I can tell you that I don’t always believe in miracles. I can tell you that I selfishly want prayers to be answered so my own journey can be strengthened. I can tell you that […]

I Am The Betrayer

A Personal Response to An Advent Lament by Diana Trautwein Often times personal lament and confession overlap. There are moments we see ourselves amid the ashes and we complain, confess, speak out our part in the wrongness of things. Reading the lament Diana offered, this one phrase haunted me relentlessly: “And sometimes, the betrayer is me.” […]

An Advent Lament

Each December, we find ourselves in a season of waiting. Primarily, we wait for that baby to be born, to break through the bonds of water and blood and slither down into the dust from which we all emerged. We wait for the baby, the infant conqueror, the one who shows up not as mighty […]

Did You Know, Mary?

I’ve learned the greatest treasures in life are always found on the way to “somewhere”–they lie within the process as we journey, not once we arrive at the longed for destination. As my husband John loves to say, “Life is a journey–not from here to there, but from who you are to who you are […]