Advent, Broken Body, Christmas, Come Lord Jesus

In Labor, We Wait

Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Psalm 22:7-9 *** God Is A Midwife We’re  waiting. Murmuring, shifting, whispering–anxious for this babe to be born. We feel the swelling grip…

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Broken Body, Growth, Obedience

Get To Work (How To Beat Envy)

The crocus sprung up this past weekend while I was away. When I’d packed up the car Thursday morning I’d seen their tips peeking up, all green with promise. Sunday morning when I returned, in my rush out the door to go to church I saw them–blooming buttery soft against the dry, gray mulch. They are the…

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Broken Body, Courage, Faith, Growth, Struggle

I shove the silver spatula too hard under the fragile, still-warm cookie, watching it rip right across the edge. I’m constantly confronted with the tendency I have towards rushing, a propensity for forcing things, for being too rough when tenderness is more the answer. In the past year I have not passed a mirror or…

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Broken Body, Dreams, Faith, Giving Thanks, Grace, Growth, Struggle, Surrender

“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” Brennan Manning “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 When I tucked him into bed the other night and said “I love you” his immediate response was…

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Broken Body, Church, Faith, Lent

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”   At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Mark 10:21-22 The announcer’s voice cheerfully…

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