Was Jesus Successful?

“What are you most afraid of?” She aimed the question at me right in the midst of our conversation. I thought she was asking a rhetorical question—not really expecting an answer from me—but she kept quiet and her eyes rested on me. I was visiting Dorothea at her apartment on a Wednesday morning in the […]

The Rhythm of Grace

The first twenty times he screamed, “No, mine!” this morning, I could breathe my way through the frustration. I could bend low and meet eyes. I could talk soft and reason well. I could squelch the toddler tantrum with understanding cooler than water. I could walk through the steps learned from my dusty parenting book; […]

Bravery Has An Underbelly

“When I am willing to look honestly at my heart and all that it holds–the hopes and dreams and opinions and experiences and fears–then that will be my first step toward true bravery.” The image is burned into our knowing: the brave wield swords and slay dragons, they swoop into fiery buildings, they gallop into […]

My Very Own Christmas Eve

“I sat with warm pain-filled tears streaming silently down my face as I gazed out into the dark and asked someone, somewhere, if there was more to life than this.” By Helen Cottee | Twitter: @helencottee The night was dark and unmemorable. There were stars for sure, but no spectacular celestial displays to write about. No […]

What I Really Didn’t Want to Do for a Whole Year

Last year, Musu spent a whole 365 days focusing on her “one word” for the year: Rest  She didn’t go in without a fight and shares some of what she learned. By Musu Taylor-Lewis | Twitter: @mercycanada My one word bubbled up from the words of a long-buried song. During an anxiety-filled, hand-wringing, Lord-do you-hear […]