Tag Archives: faith struggle

Reel Faith

Many things you fear come to pass, but most don’t; and since you never know which will or won’t, it makes more sense to fear none. But my Pollyanna is more my Puddleglum, and my optimism quotient is tempered by … Continue reading

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Asking you, asking me . . .

Does your faith-life even require Jesus? Got the maxims memorized. Got the rules down. Is religion more your bulwark than relationship— behavior and image more important than face-falling service, open-hearted devotion to His worthiness? Has purpose surpassed person? Maybe it’s … Continue reading

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A Limping Life

I heard your whisper in the wind, and I leaned to listen; but my lisping voice rose rough and rasping, replaying all the shame moments, the named moments—over and over, owning their bite. I glimpsed your face in the greening … Continue reading

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The Daily Post: Renewal with a Hitch

Renewal always sounds bright and shiny, like a beautifully restored vintage car or a vibrant blossom in the spring bursting from what had looked like a lifeless branch. But the problem with renewal is that something has decayed in order … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Pain and Hope

  I woke suddenly in the wee hours, the dark hours. Was it the weird dream I was having? Maybe. But aside from that, I immediately was aware that I had passed the anniversary of my first child’s death and … Continue reading

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I Wonder

Do you ever wonder about all those people you have crossed paths with, crossed wills with, and do you ever wonder what it will be like to spend eternity with them—those who pressed all your wrong buttons and abused your … Continue reading

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For Something More

I woke early in the dark and cold with only red numbers projected on the ceiling, confirming that yes, it is early, and yes, it is still dark 04 hundred. I lie here awake. The pain has been my alarm, … Continue reading

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And Here Below

Clouds scud across an aquamarine sky, bullied by westerlies, unsure of their destination, but determined to get there. And here below my stationary stance seems insignificant to the grandeur of heavenly motion; and even my sure stance is planted on … Continue reading

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A Place to Belong

Maybe community as a group doesn’t exist. Is there a place to belong, to breathe deep without fear of regulation and restraint— to be who I am and am becoming in safety— knowing and being known, accepted? Maybe community as … Continue reading

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In the Middle

A café and a coffee, a grace moment to think, to mull, to pray and toe-tap to piped in jazz, to stare at an old black and white classic on the muted set, and it’s a sandwich, sandwiched in between the club and conversation … Continue reading

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