Can these dry bones live?
How did it happen that this sweet, simple, unutterably sacred song became an object of ridicule?
Jennifer Garrison Brownell
It was not one thing, but all the day’s little annoyances that combined to feel completely overwhelming.
This is not a message I want to deliver, but the Bible leaves me no choice. There is no politically correct alternative.
Some people find confession depressing. They want to hear that they're good, and getting better all the time. They want church to further their self-improvement projects. I'm not so keen on that.
God, thank you for the ways your "yes" is always being echoed on this earth.
Emily C. Heath
The church does not thrive in comfort. The church thrives when it is being called to the messy and painful work of transforming the world.
God, help me to seek lessons from my elders while building my own authentic truths.
What if it is true that it would cost less to resolve poverty than it does to sustain it? What if it was true that it would cost less to resolve the environmental crisis than to sustain it?
When I was young, I knew a family that was fanatically protective of their living room. The armchairs and sofa had plastic covers. The carpet was unblemished. The end tables were Pledged to an impossible sheen.