The Hard Work of Hope

For several years now I’ve skipped, or seriously toned down, my activities on December 31st and have gone out to greet the new year in the morning instead. I like to drive out to the ocean and stand in the cold wet air and breathe in all that a new year has to offer. I like […]

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 […]

Glory on the Doorstep

It’s here, you know. All around you. Wherever you may live, however beautiful or troubled your life might be at this particular moment in time, it’s near you, as near as your breath. I could palpate it in the room where my mother was dying last year. I see it almost every time I look—really […]

The Ache

The rain has stopped, for now. It fell in leaden sheets all morning, slanting hard and sharp. The gutters struggling to keep up. The ruts in the driveway filling to excess. The worms floating. But now the sun has broken through and the sodden earth attempts to rise. The air that hangs between them is […]

Emmanuel Mysterious

By Erin Thomas | Twitter: @erinthomas_123 We’ve just finished living through the cold season of winter, culminating in the incarnation of spring and with it the reminder that God’s immanent presence renews us and restores us. At least the arbitrary numbered square on the calendar tells me it is supposed to be spring. The outdoor thermometer reads -26Cº on […]