Holy Hindsight

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. According to Luke, the days were an unprecedented blur. The emperor called for a worldwide census, the first of its kind. The leadership in Judea (and every other region in Roman territory) scrambled to facilitate the massive registration […]

Who Has the Most Hope?

Empires rise Pretending to possess power over peoples Pawns of the ancient serpent Certain of their fictional authority Pawns of the ancient serpent Whose chief purpose is The destruction of the human race Splitting hearts Splitting heads Splitting peoples Splitting lands Dispossessing Disinheriting Crushing the weak Who has the most hope? She who embraces her […]

O Little Town

A wave rippled jagged and she felt him drop as if he might fall away from her forever sucked into the very marrow of the earth her pendulous belly left ringing empty her heart hollow as a drum But then lit with an ancient power she bellowed her voice arcing across all of time burning […]

Pausing in the In-Between

It was a day like any other day in the life-long ministry of Zacharias the priest. With Elisabeth’s goodbye kiss still warm on his cheek, he went about his business, reporting for duty in his scheduled commitment to serve in the Temple. It was a day like no other day when the honor of entering […]

Learning to Hope Out Loud

I’ve been following along with Ann Voskamp’s advent writing and something she said a few days ago just won’t leave me alone, “Faith thanks God in the middle of the story.” Did you exhale when you read that? I did. It’s such a reminder that God isn’t good because God gives me what I want, […]