Choosing to Be Present in the Fire of Lyme Disease

Trigger Warning: Mention of unhealthy coping mechanisms related to food.  By Brianna Deutsch I used to love going on walks. They grounded me and helped me connect with God. Hearing the wind rush through the paper thin leaves and having my feet on solid footing, brought peace. But, I had to stop walking. I could […]

Remembering I Can Overcome

In the middle of that moment with the cold seeping into joint and marrow, in what felt like an endless night, we couldn’t imagine being warm ever again. We had been hiking down the mountainside all day. The expansive view of the Ozarks still fresh in our memories, we descended into the absolute opposite landscape. […]

Casserole Not Required

He showed up mere hours after finding out what happened. It was Easter Sunday. The sun had already set, sealing what had officially been the worst 24 hours of our lives. I saw his familiar truck pull into the drive, crackling slowly over the gravel. The headlights illuminated our ragged selves, huddled around a massive […]

Fire in Her Belly

I grew up in the church. The story of Esther was one I’ve heard many times. It’s one of those Bible stories that always compelled me to perk up my ears and pay attention because, coupled with Mary and Martha serving Jesus, it was one of the few stories told about women from the pulpit. […]

My Mom’s Love Letter: Ojinguh over Fire

When I was a teenager living in the Midwest, I ate dried squid in the winter.  My mom would roast the ojinguh in our fireplace while cups of Swiss Miss hot cocoa grew cold waiting on a coffee table close by. Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus sat on our mantel above the fireplace where she […]