The Transforming Power of Kindness

“Here’s what I’ve decided: the very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. What I want is so simple I almost can’t […]

All The Things I Cannot Speak

Ask me about being held, and I want to change the subject. Let me tell you instead about when I was the one holding, not being held. I want to tell you about holding my son in my arms for the first time. He was puce and indignant, and I pressed his head close to […]

My Own Circle Of Quiet

I am someone who spends a great deal of time inside of her head. I am a thinker and a navel gazer and I chase ideas and thoughts and plans around and around and around. I have a very vivid imagination and I love to linger in places both fictional and real. Unfortunately, I am […]

Strong Enough to Hold Me

By Trudy Smith I was surprised to find myself sitting in a church pew. Light spilled through stained-glass windows onto a gaggle of unruly children who sat on the steps in front of the altar. The pastor asked them questions, engaged with their meandering responses, and then led them in a simple prayer. At one […]

A God Who Never Leaves

He himself is before all things and all things are held together in him. – Colossians 1:17 + + + If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. – Psalm […]