Inconvenient Joy

When all of an instant you realize that something beautiful and taken for granted is slipping—has slipped—away. When an old song on the radio brings to mind a very specific, very simple, happy memory—licking frosting from a spatula, or wading in clear water, laughing like anything. When you become aware (a changing of the light,... Continue Reading →

Moving Sidewalks

You know that moment when you're racing through the airport to catch a plane and you decide to take advantage of the moving sidewalk? Suddenly your right foot and your left foot aren't coordinating quite right and your arms are windmilling and you hear that cartoon cowbell sound they always play just before the crash.... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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,... Continue Reading →

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,... Continue Reading →

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