Category Archives: God

remember your death. 2

We had some snow and sleet on Monday evening, and temperatures have been so cold that things remain closed and cancelled, including last night’s Ash Wednesday service. Atticus has been enthusiastic about Ash Wednesday for the past few weeks (I would say “oddly enthusiastic” but he is my kid so I am raising him to […]

a letter to atticus about world vision. 0

When there are difficult things to talk about, I find that it’s easier if I think about what I would want to say to Atticus. So I’m breaking out the old-school letter to clarify a few things for myself. This is my attempt to explain why things have been a little quiet here the past […]

the deep down dark. 2

“The Companionable Darkness” by Kathleen Norris Friend and neighbor you have taken away. My one companion is darkness. -Psalm 88 The companionable dark Of here and now, seed lying dormant in the earth. The dark to which all lost things come—scarves and rings and precious photographs, and of course, our beloved dead. The brooding dark, […]

brokenness and strength. 0

My church has been doing a series on kintsukuori, and after stalling a bit I rounded up some thoughts on brokenness. It was hard, you guys. I am not kidding when I say I don’t like to think of myself as broken. It would have been much easier for me to write about all the […]

the winding path (or, why I don’t want an accelerated faith). 6

Teacher meetings are full of words like gamification, personalized learning, remediation, and flipped classrooms, but we hardly ever take the time to think about what these words convey to ourselves or to others. Recently a coworker pointed out that we talk about students who are “accelerated” but that the problem with that word is that […]

specificity. 5

Sacredness requires specificity. The grand esoteric themes of theology have their place, but love takes root in those specific moments when we voluntarily and intentionally enter one another’s pain. “God so loved the world” makes sense when love has a name and is lying in the manger. The Incarnation (big theological concept) comes alive in […]

advent I: preparing 3

(Picture by Mark File.) Does every mother believe that her child is exceptionally musical? My kid loves music. He dances around strumming his blue guitar and he requests certain songs and he pretends to sing into a microphone. On Sunday, we had an idea that we could maybe keep Atticus in the service with us […]

on being anointed. 14

On the last night of Glen East, we had a worship service. At the end of the service, my priest friend explained that we were being anointed to remind us of our calling as artists. “Beauty will save the world,” Image declares. They wanted us to know that what we had done all week was […]

mutuality. 7

Atticus and my grandma. When I was 14 or 15, I was handed a copy of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King. I have written about it several times, so all I will say here is that reading about a girl my age who could mentally keep up with Sherlock Holmes was a game […]

in the doing. 6

I could sing the praises of the wild, untamed grace I have experienced. Kind words at just the right time. Forgiveness, given and received. The ability to grow and change. The beauty of common graces, if I will only have eyes to see them. But sometimes I think we talk about grace so much that […]

Still by Lauren Winner and some thoughts on the middle. 4

Atticus has been sick constantly over the past month, fighting ear and sinus infections. I am not the first to note the desperation that comes with being the parent of a sick child, when you have tried everything you can do and still he cries out with pain and discomfort. It was on one of […]

saying yes to 2012. 7

Last year, I resolved to lose weight in 2011. And on 1/1/11 at 1:08 pm, I lost 6 pounds and 15 ounces. Plus the placenta (sorry). I kept that weight off. I think this means I win at New Year’s, achieving my goal on January 1st. Other than that, I am not big on resolutions. […]

for you. 4

What kind of king would leave his throne In heaven to make this earth his home? While men seek fame and great renown In lowliness our king comes down Incarnation is a big word. It means the Word made flesh and dwelt among us. It means angels and shepherds and a stable. It means The […]

in dependence upon God’s grace and with the help of the church. 2

Mighty God, by your love we are given children through the miracle of birth. We give you thanks for them. May we greet each new son and daughter with joy, and surround them with all faith, so they may know who you are and want to be your disciples. Never let us neglect children, but […]

thin. 8

Stack by Kate Andrews. Happy Shrove Tuesday! I have only been to church once since Christmas Eve. There was snow and then Atticus and I am finally just at the point where I recognize the days of the week again. This past Sunday I stayed on the couch in my pajamas. It was raining. Atticus […]

sacred. 2

While digging through Susan Isaacs’ archives, I found this gem about writing as a sacrament. It got me thinking about sacraments, about sacred and healing things that happen in life. If, as The Book of Common Prayer says, sacraments are “an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible Grace,” it almost seems as […]

A Jesuit Off-Broadway: Center Stage with Jesus, Judas, and Life’s Big Questions by James Martin, SJ 2

A few years ago, I read Father Martin’s wonderful memoir My Life With the Saints. He commented on that original review, and he was probably the first author to ever comment on my blog, which was extremely gratifying. That’s one thing I really appreciate about the internet: it is so easy for me to get […]

beautiful scandalous miraculous 3 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Go on up to the mountain of mercy To the crimson perpetual tide Kneel down on the shore Be thirsty no more Go under and be purified Follow Christ to the holy mountain Sinner sorry and wrecked by the fall Cleanse your heart and your soul In the fountain that […]

They’ve taken their toll. 9

What a beautiful piece of heartache this has all turned out to be. -Over the Rhine / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 I am well aware that being a thirty-something and quoting “Latter Days” on my blog is the ultimate in cliches. But when it comes down to it, I’m not sure I know of any […]

Although I do not hope to turn 0 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 “If the lost word is lost, if the spent word is spent If the unheard, unspoken Word is unspoken, unheard; Still is the unspoken word, the Word unheard, The Word without a word, the Word within The world and for the world; And the light shone in darkness and Against […]