I’ll Pray For You

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My knee jerk response bubbles up. Don’t bother. I can feel the hardness on my tongue. But I hold back. I examine the bitterness I feel, and try to pinpoint where it came from. Hope dashed? Prayers seemingly unanswered? Watching my child suffer from a crippling disease? Probably all of the above. Keep praying, whispers […]

We Are What We Do

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All my life, my parents lived out what it means to be married well. Each of them came from homes that were dysfunctional in different ways and they worked hard to create a life that made space for one another and for each of their three children. They provided room to grow and flourish, to […]

When Love Hurts: Reflections from the Other Side

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of emotional abuse + suicidal thoughts] By M. “You can commit yourself, or I will have you committed,” Robert, my therapist, said to me. I’d been in therapy for about a year. The small paneled office had been a lifeline for me over the previous several months, but today it felt like […]

The Life Not The Lack

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“I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.” John Steinbeck I had the privilege of meeting a special little girl in our neighbourhood a few months ago. Summer was just rolling to a slow, lazy halt, and I had a tiny newborn, sticky against my chest. My husband and […]

Lessons From A Stranger

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She didn’t have to do it. But she saw the tears in my eyes and she saw the reddening frustration in my face and she saw the screaming toddler slumped over my protruding, bloated belly. She saw me, and that was all it took. And in that moment, receiving her gift of kindness was the […]