four authors reflect on The Coming

I.  "Simeon's Song"  by Luke "God, you can now release your servant;      release me in peace as you promised.   With ...

Craziness All Together.

The house is full of craziness, but it's all spread out. I want the craziness all together. Crazy Dad is in the garage,  drinking South...

Christ's Nativity

by Henry Vaughn Awake, glad heart! get up and sing! It is the birth-day of thy King.          Awake! awake!          The Sun doth shake L...

To Jesus on His Birthday

by Edna St. Vincent Millay For this your mother sweated in the cold, For this you bled upon the bitter tree: A yard of tinsel ribbon bou...

Advent

by Mary Jo Salter Wind whistling, as it does in winter, and I think nothing of it until it snaps a shutter off her bedroom window, s...

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

The first in a series of works by other authors which I am unimaginatively calling "Poems for the Christmas Season." We begin with...

Jesus went around saying crazy things.

" You must be born again. " How are we supposed to do that? " Drink my blood and eat my flesh; in this there is life . &qu...

The Most Dangerous Woman

The most dangerous woman on earth is the woman who has reckoned with her own death. All women die; few women ever really live .* ...

So I'm re-reading Nouwen's "In the Name of Jesus."

I sat on my couch one evening in the dark, fast forwarding a tape. As the casette advanced, the numbers on my stereo rapidly counted up fr...

My husband and I have this game.

We're not always playing it... and yet we are. The goal is to be as stealthy as possible, to be wily and artful and devious, to reall...

Kessia Reyne, Judge of All

A very strange thing happened to me today. It was disconcerting and wonderful. I had been judging my friend. Like, rolling my eyes and ...

me thinking about the church. part 3.

When it comes to change (*gasp! *choke!) in the church, we are often handicapped, our legs taken right out from under us, because change m...

me thinking about the church. part 2.

I do  have a great many thoughts about the church, but when I read my friend Andrea's post on her  thoughts about the church, I knew I...

me thinking about the church. part 1.

I have to admit that though I love being part of the Seventh-day Adventist movement, any just-out-of-the-box naivete that I ...

The thorn and the gift.

I will not burden you with the full story; you don't have time, and I'm not sure I have the energy. But I couldn't help but shar...

Atonement for an Unsolved Murder

In the heart of a golden barley field lies a man, staring up at the clear sky. The sun and the wind wash over him, but he does not blink. T...

How many, Joshua?

Joshua pushes his body to the limits... one grape at a time. It's slobbery.

Probably we would eat pizza.

I have a friend who is really hurting, but I can't do much to help. I pray for him, I offer encouragement, but I can't fix hi...

There's nothing worse than a terrible marriage, and nothing better than a great one.

The man that I hope to shelter all the days of my life My husband is three miles away and he's coming home in a half hour, but I call...

Caution! thrown to the wind.

I'm naturally pretty wimpy. No, it's true--don't try to make me feel better. (As if anyone would try to convince me otherwise.) ...

Forgive me this sin

It's strange that we can be so uncomfortable with acknowledging personal sin and yet so comfortable in committing it. Every Friday nig...

homesickness.

All my life I've lived without getting homesick. As a kid, I loved sleepovers and trips. I never missed my family. I wasn't sad abou...

lunch and Christmas in May

A crowded restaurant, bustling with patrons and filled with the chatter of conversation and the clatter of silverware. Our table, scattered ...

as a Christian missionary

"For the first time in my life I know what I must do off in lonesome Lanao. I know why God left this aching void, for Himself to fill. ...

If only

"If only" is the hammer I smash my thumb with.

the thing I might want least right now

tips. that's what I don't want right now. I think that if I took all the tips that are foisted on me, I could easily spend 26 hour...
 

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