Realizing the Comforts of My Color: Thoughts on White Privilege

She came from nowhere, it seemed, and slipped away in the same smooth and silent way. We were at the donut shop's counter, being treated to coffee by one of the people we were visiting.  His wallet was out, and suddenly she was there, at his side, all creased chocolate skin and curls spiraling with gray and—this is what has stayed with me—dark and haunted eyes. Image Credit: Christine H. via Flickr...more
Jeana theempressandthefool You might go back and read my comment again to see that I am a ...more

When We Have Crippled Ourselves with Absolutes

 "If you understand it, then it is not God."  - St. Augustine When I was a child, I made messes, as children do.  And, as parents do, mine would ask me to clean my room.  I would begin, not by tidying but by enlarging the current mess.  This perplexed and frustrated my parents, and I in turn would also feel frustrated, because they could not see, could not embrace my process. ...more

On Strength and Weakness {Lent 2014}

I am not used to living in my own strength.   ...more

The Girl I Once Was

The difference is as miraculous, as mundane as the ever-cycling day and nighttime. She used to be so sad, so small.  And maybe she is still, but less.  Life was one big contraction, growing inward while never releasing, birthing, breathing out.  Each year was a new level of rot growing down into her being, her heart an abscess.  And she did not know. No one that mattered had ever taught her in this fragile, formative years of her starshine, of the intrinsic value of every one of earth's vibrating lives, hers included. ...more

When World Vision Stands Up -- and Love is Knocked Down

photo by Jennuine Captures I know, I know....more

Thoughts on SB5 From an Anti-Abortion & Pro-Choice Jesus-Loving Feminist

[Editor's Note: The Texas Legislature will revisit a controversial abortion bill Monday afternoon, with a rally already gathering outside the statehouse. --Grace]...more
Thank you so much for sharing this post. As you said,"We cannot save lives by constricting them."more

What If This Is Our Last Baby? Parenting an Only Child After Loss

I didn't expect this to knock me over like they did, the words of this one mama. I started to read her article about why she has decided to be a mother of only one child because I was curious. And then my eyes met this: “I’ve had my daughter . I am so grateful to have my one beautiful daughter. I don’t wish to have any more.” And those words, they were met with tears. Are met with tears now, as I write this....more
What beautiful writing. Thank you for sharing your open and honest heart. I too have lost a ...more

33 Caffeine-Free Ways to Recharge the Tired Heart

Lately I've been feeling tired.  No, not just tired -- exhausted....more

Lent: Learning How to Die

I am realizing, as the new Lenten season broadens around us, that my fears, my uncertainties about who this God I gave my heart to is really, that they're about dying. Dying to myself and my selfishness, to what I...more
Dear Beth, Well contemplated. I am sorry for the loss of your daughter. I have many losses, I ...more

Visiting Cemeteries

A couple of weeks ago, I visited a cemetery.  It's a military cemetery, I believe, small and intimate and ancient-feeling.  I have gone there before, because I find cemeteries peaceful, and because they help me to think more clearly about life and God and death.  But this time I went looking for something different....more