Treading Water

In advanced swimming lessons and in lifeguard training, many years ago, treading water was my favorite part of the final tests. Far from being a challenge to exert as much energy and strength as possible, treading water was a challenge to conserve energy as much as...

Toast

Cheers to the causes that bring us together as unlikely allies — and blessings on the bread that keeps us seated around the same table. Cheers to the wounds that humble us all to ashes — and blessings on the deep cup that revives us to show up for another...

For Womxn

Have mercy on our tears, O God, for we have wept ever since Hagar’s heart broke over Ishmael and Rachel lamented her children. If we have won your favor, let our tears nourish protest. Have mercy on our rage, O God, for we have said “no” to death...

Theodicy & PTSD

For the RevGalBlogPals’ “Faith and Illness” column this week, I expounded upon my experiences of faith through the lens of PTSD, which I first wrote about in a chapter of Denial Is My Spiritual Practice. Here’s the column: There is no safe...

Kyrie Eleison

I cannot be other than I am. Rejoice always. I cannot be other than I am. I cannot save myself. Peace be with you. I cannot be other than I am. I cannot labor for my own rebirth. The LORD bless you and keep you. I cannot be other than I am. Do not be afraid. on Titus...

Lent 28 (Seven Loaves)

I have seven but you ask me for twelve and I can’t imagine how we can see the same loaves of bread but tally them so differently. “This is seven,” I say, and you smile, “This is twelve.” “Seven isn’t enough,” I protest,...

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