What Strong Women Do

None of the ladies in my family shrink back. Distinctly southern, full voices fill the room when we enter. We’re known for our loud laughs and warm embraces. We aren’t afraid to speak our minds and take the lead. We see a space and fill it. We see a need and fill it. I never […]

Christ our Mother—Incarnate and Embodied Feminine Power

Trigger warning: Mention of miscarriage Women were always included in the story of Jesus the Christ. They gathered around the cross, held vigil, wept, and clung to the last vestiges of hope. Women were the first persons to witness an empty grave, an encounter with a mistaken gardener, a declaration from heavenly messengers to go […]

Why I Call Myself A Sinner

Here is the entirety of the prayer I use the most: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. It’s called the Jesus Prayer, and comes from the Orthodox tradition. I’m not sure where I came across it, but I started using it in as a breath prayer years ago. Concentrating […]

Thank You for Loving Me Over the Long Haul

I’ve seen a whole lot of Valentine’s Day celebrations in my long life. Some of them have been memorable; most of them were over before they made an impact. A few were golden. Those shiny ones are fun to recall—when love was new and we were young. Sweet cards and notes, saved over the years, […]

When Deconstruction is the New D-Word

I didn’t know the divorce rate for friendships going in. I thought when you said “best friends,” you meant “forever.” Like a blood pact without the blood. My glittery puffy stickers from third grade said so, as did my half a locket buried in a box. Friendships were supposed to last through it all. I […]