On the Other Side of this Dusty Wardrobe

My children blur fantasy and reality. Right now, they are yipping from the other room, pretending they’re puppies. Later, they’ll be ninjas, superheroes, or bunnies. They stack cardboard boxes on overturned chairs, drape them with blankets, prop pillows all around, and create cozy puppy rooms for one another. They scavenge for ordinary objects, using them […]

Sisters In Mental Illness: Ministry of Weakness

“My spiritual gift is weakness…. I show up weak. I’m always sick or I’m struggling. There’s always something that’s lacking. Maybe that’s my gift to the church—to show up and say that’s OK, and God is with us in this and He is good. Problems don’t all get fixed and I’m not healed. The bow […]

Untangling My Twisted Theology of Creation

By Natalie Patton | Twitter: @naticakes1016  It was the time of day in Bangkok when dirt and dust from sidewalk chalk covered my kids. With darkened faces, glowing eyes, and wild hair, they looked like creatures from another planet, doing loops on bikes in the shade of our high-rise condo. My six year old loves riding […]

Letting Go of the Life We Had Planned

By Marlys Johnson | Twitter: @iMarlysJohnson They left a card on our oak dining table wearing an E.M. Forster quote: “We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” While I spent my first holiday as a widow with family on […]

Lights, Camera, Surrender

By Haley Aguero | Twitter: @aguero_haleyy Thirty-seven shows. That was the number that kept running through my head. I had just gotten a call from a theatre in Massachusetts offering me the role of Marian Paroo in The Music Man. I had worked at the theatre the year before and was thrilled when they announced auditions […]