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Down to the Sea

Quinn G. Caldwell

The open sea loses every ounce of its romance when what's sailing over the bounding main is an ancient boat full of people fleeing terror in their homelands and refused permission to land anywhere.

A Prayer for Historic Emanuel AME Church of Charleston, SC

Nancy Taylor

We stand with you. We weep with you. We rage for you. We keep vigil with you for your beloved dead.

I Got the Message

Kenneth L. Samuel

The messages of God are often not clear when we're supposed to be listening.  But when we fall onto the hard places of reality . . . we get the message.

You Mighty Hero

Emily C. Heath

If you want to look for a real hero, they will rarely be the ones proclaiming themselves as such. And they will never be the ones resorting to arming themselves as unarmed children walk past.

No Bucket

Mary Luti

I have no bucket, and the well is deep. Been there? There now? Out of energy, out of time, out of resources, out of motivation, out of sorts, out of everything?

One Step Salvation

Matt Laney

Circumcision might not be the sort of thing you want to contemplate as you start your day.

From My to Our

Martin B. Copenhaver

A mark of maturity—at whatever age—is the movement from more I and me language to more we and our language.

The Slice and the Stitches

Matt Fitzgerald

Relating to a perfectly sweet Lord must bring sweet, sweet expressions to each face, right? If I'm not feeling good in worship I must be doing church wrong. 

The Big Spoon

Molly Baskette

This is how we are before God sometimes. Struggling and trying to do it on our own and failing miserably.

Praying from the Depths

Richard L. Floyd

It is not only in desperate times that we can pray from the very deepest part of our selves.