When Beauty Brightens

A_Holly

“Let us not look for you only in memory, Where we would grow lonely without you. You would want us to find you in presence, Beside us when beauty brightens, When kindness glows And music echoes eternal tones.” -John O’Donohue My mom has been gone a year now. Yet, there are rigid corners of my […]

My Lack of World-Changing Extracurriculars

M_Megan

A deliciously chubby six-month-old is swatting a plush green bird at my feet. His three-year-old brother is sleepily sprawled on the couch, watching Curious George. It’s a rare moment of still in our tireless household. The sun set hours ago, so all the lights are switched on, casting a hazy glow over the dishes piled […]

In Love’s Kitchen

M_Lisha

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. – Mary Oliver I want the next line to read “Lord, let me have lived and loved dangerously.” I’m learning to love fear. I’m learning to be courageous […]

The Tightly Stitched Gathering of God

J_Micha

By Micha Boyett | Twitter: @Michaboyett One of the sweet privileges of being a newly ordained elder in my church is the responsibility of presenting candidates for baptism to the congregation. In our denomination, those who are coming for baptism or joining the church are introduced by name before they make their vows, before our pastor […]

The Zig-Zag Pattern of Shalom

J_Osheta

“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” Isaiah 40:11 KJV My favorite images of Jesus are of him as Shepherd. While I’m moved to humility when I see him on the […]