To Hear the Silence Speak

The quiet is palpable but not heavy. In the way the warmth of a fire eases down into your very bones, the quiet here is the bearer of a strange kind of comfort. It isn’t the absence of sound. Every tiny noise reverberates off the white stone arches of the abbey. A monk coughs in […]

The Blessing of the Awkward Silence

By Breanna Lowman In junior high, I learned a new term: Awkward Silence. I guess I didn’t know that silence had to be awkward. As a child, I was never afraid of what people thought of me. Like most children, I was free – free from filters, comparisons, and insecurities. However, when I entered junior […]

Let All Mortal Flesh

Sometimes, the best thing to do is to shut the heck up. And too often, that is really hard to do! We get used to the constant buzz of the sound of life lived in the 21stcentury. We’ve got radios in our homes and cars—and sometimes, stuck inside our ears. There are telephones in our pockets […]

When Bravery Looks Like Homemade Bread Cake

By: Kailey Veenstra In building relationships with people who are different from us, we must decide: are we willing to risk saying the wrong things, risk hearing how we are a part of the problem? Are we willing to love and push through hurts that may come? We must risk exploring the problems we don’t […]

It’s Okay to be Gray

She sat across the table from me, and paused briefly for a bite of salad. She had just delivered The Speech, with all the resoluteness, passion and fire that comes with it. It was not the first time I’d heard The Speech; I’ve encountered versions of it my whole life. I have heard these words […]