When my daughter was born, I used to wrap her tightly to my body using a long strip of fabric. Wearing her helped me get things done throughout the day – whether household or work outside the home. I would wear her while doing laundry. I would wear her while washing dishes. I would wear […]Read More Held
One of my favorite Christmas carols of all time is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” It’s beautiful, almost haunting at times as the song weaves the cosmic weight of the holiday with the traditional occurrences of celebration. “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep God is not dead nor doth He sleep […]Read More I Heard the Bells (an introduction to why I want you to join me in re-thinking the way we celebrate Christmas)
I have a few goals as a parent. I want to teach my daughter to love deeply, to live fully, to value community, to consider the needs of others before her own. I want her to know and own her strengths, to lean into her talents and callings, and to know also her weaknesses, to […]Read More A Love for the Book
I’ve been thinking a lot about our perceptions of beauty lately. Last week, Kristen Howerton over at Rage Against the Minivan shared about wearing makeup everyday. The next day, as Ben, Cadence and I were mooching the malls air conditioning during the biggest heat wave of the summer, we saw a line of women (and […]Read More When you are, in this moment, beautiful
“Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered by setting me free.” (Psalm 118:5) Sometimes I feel like life over the past two years has been one big season of crying out to the Lord. Newly married. Moving across the country. Living intentionally (and as a racial minority to boot.). Distress. […]Read More Distress. Freedom.
“Then your light will break out like the dawn, and you will be healed quickly.” It’s a dark, sick and broken world we live in. You don’t have to look very hard to see how bad it is. War. Famine. Rape. Abuse. Broken families. Broken hearts. HIV/AIDS. Malaria. Cancer. We all experience it in one […]Read More A Series of Prayer (while we await our redemption)
“Is [true fasting] not to share your share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— …and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” Sometimes I wonder what archaeologist and anthropologists would think about our culture if they dug up ruins of 21st century America thousands […]Read More A Lenten Meditation: For fasting and fellowship.
“Here is the way I want you to fast. Set free those who are held by chains without any reason. Untie the ropes that hold people as slaves. Set free those who are crushed. Break every evil chain.” (Isaiah 58:6) For Lent this year I am not giving up coffee or facebook or ice cream. […]Read More A Lenten Meditation
(credit) “I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” (Jesus in Matthew 25) Day by day I’ve been forcing myself to look, and then look again, and then look deeper. To walk away, disrobe myself of the mottled mix of European cultures turned middle class American mindset, and look yet again. With a thinner lens […]Read More Meditation Monday: Stranger
(credit) In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we remember… As we reflect… As we find ourselves in a world so full of division and hate… Love. “Love is patient, it waits its turn and doesn’t give up. Love is kind, always looking for the best in people. Love doesn’t want what other […]Read More Meditation Monday: To Love