When you don’t have words, borrow some.

I have a friend wrung out by grief, who told me recently that it is near-impossible to pray. How can she pray? Where are the words? Who is this God she doesn’t understand? I committed, when she said that, to pray on her behalf. But where to start? I started with the Psalms, and pray…

Bucket O’ Summer

So, people. I have just realized that our summer will be crashing to a close in exactly six weeks. Six. Weeks. That is 42 blessed, lazy days until we are right back to the Pledge of Allegiance and algebra. Sigh. I am trying my best to stay 29 forever, but the calendar conspires. Still, there…

Politics with Love and Logic

There is a way of thinking that pits economic prudence or political strategy against morality and compassion, framing the battle as muscular intellect against limp naïveté. Wisdom, in other words, versus love. Sure, you can be liberal (in the dictionary sense of the word—free, or generous), but only insofar as you forfeit the prize of…

The Mystery of Trinity: A Prayer

#AtTheRiskOfHolyRolling   Dear Lord, What if, when You left the mission of Your life in the hands of Your disciples, You’d also given them the indwelling power of God? What if ordinary believers were inhabited, infused, with Your creative force and unstoppable, fearless love? What if You crafted a personalized purpose for every Christian, and…

Just Mercy

I just finished reading Bryan Stevenson’s bestseller, Just Mercy, and I find myself unsure what to think. Not unsure whether it was a good book—it was. Not questioning the moral imperative for justice and mercy in equal measures, or doubtful whether these apply to me, middle-aged mom though I am. I am perplexed, I think,…

Make Me a Window

Dear Lord, Humble, expectant, adoring, thankful, trusting, fearless, free, obedient, submissive, cheerfully willing, resolute, unflappable, thirsty to know You, restless to find You, aware of Your fingerprints, beauty-struck, truth-dazzled, childlike, wonder-full, amaze-able, gracious, overflowing, joyful, lavish, servant-hearted, last and least, single-minded, undistracted, honest, hopeful, simple, quiet, bold and unashamed-- Mold me into such a posture,…

Lighting a Fire

Yesterday was the last day of 6th grade for my young one. For seven years now I have been his primary teacher, a role I was not expecting to play but have been privileged to enjoy. This passage of another school year has me thinking about education in all its varieties—homeschool, public school, college, Life.…

Sweet old dog.

Last week we had another Marley and Me moment, saying goodbye quite unexpectedly to our sweet old collie, Scout. I say “another” moment, because it’s the third time in eight years we’ve gone through this particular grind of grief; less, surely, than a two-legged loss, but a knock-the-wind-out-of-you pain all the same. Our dogs, one…

Prayer for all the Mamas

Dear Lord, I have so much to do today. And each of the seemingly simple tasks opens up like an onion with a million layers. You know how I'm prone to panic, Lord, at the busyness, at the clock. So "teach me to number my days aright, that I may gain a heart of wisdom."…