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 […]

What If God is Not Silent?

I was in my early twenties the first time I ever heard someone speak about God being silent. I took the first of a few classes from the poet Luci Shaw. She was a friend of my mom. Luci had written a book about the death of her late husband, Harold, entitled, God in the […]

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 […]

We Were Not Made to Be Nice

The word “nice” is not in the Bible. It is nowhere to be found in the half dozen translations I’ve searched. There’s not one single time Jesus directs us to be nice. Kind, yes. But not nice. So why have we spent generations extolling the virtue of niceness to our daughters? Why has the Doctrine of […]

I’m Done With Distracted Living

How can I become a student of silence when my husband and I can’t communicate until the three children splay out in strange formations in their beds at night? When my brain turns to mush at 8pm and all I want to do is read or watch TV? Thudding feet find me before 6am, though […]