The Magnetic Force of Listening

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“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” -Karl A. Menniger I truly believe that the art of communication begins with the art of listening and the very […]

When The Bible Shredded My Heart

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It was the night I stopped reading the Bible. I was on the faded green easy chair in my bedroom. Every night as the light faded from white to yellow to gold, I would open the Word and read. In college, reading the Bible was an OCD coping mechanism, a way I proved my worth and checked off […]

Becoming Qualified

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By Kali Gillespie | Twitter: @KaliGillespie “To love another person is to see the face of God.” -Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Morning comes, and I’m awake and alone. I cherish these quiet times, and have learned to protect the silence. I avoid the squeaky bathroom door and if I forgot to grind my coffee beans […]

May I First See Her Heart

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By Lisha Epperson | Twitter: @lishaepperson My dreams kept time with the early morning song of unnamed birds. In the spaces of silence I wondered …would she be beautiful? We’d talked about her that night and every day before. Imagining life with a little girl no one, until now, would call beautiful. Would we love […]

Loved Like This

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Last weekend I spent an afternoon with some beloved women I’ve known my whole life—mothers and daughters that my family was lucky to grow up with. This bigger crew was made up of relatives (aunts, uncles and cousins) and friends who felt like family. As far back as I can remember, we did life together. […]