Lessons

What example shall I be, O LORD, for the blessing of your name? If an example of grace, I might be tempted to idolize and (try to) enact a perfect persona. If an example of faith, I might fold doubt beneath my coat or tuck it into my pockets like cold hands in winter,...

Now My Soul Is Troubled

I would pray, “God, save me!” Help me pray, “God, be glorified.” I would pray, “Christ, comfort me!” Help me pray, “Christ, hear my sister.” I would pray, “Spirit, teach me!” Help me pray, “Spirit, send...

Traveling

With every flight and every new city, I am mercifully one step farther away from you in miles, in memories, in fresh molecules of air on my skin to erase any trace of your breath. [Where can I go from your spirit? How far can I flee from your presence?] Cleveland....

Offering

Take my boat (yes, the one I’m still bailing) and use it for your teaching; turns out it’s no good for fishing anyway. Take my days (yes, the ones I’m grinding through) and use them for your witness; these days certainly aren’t turning for my...

Ghosts

Not the life of ghosts, O my God, but the life of being do I wholly seek. To live not in apparition or fleeting vision but in flesh and in tangible connection. Let dry bones crumble to dust; do not waste time rebuilding muscle but start fresh! Start fresh in me, I...

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