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Please, Please, Please

Please…please…please…please? Please? PLEASE? PLEASE? Pleeeeeeeaaaase? Amen.


Rest.

The right time for sabbath is not when our work is finished, but when it has piled up until we cannot see over it into a hopeful future.


Mizpah

In a world of lies and rumors, contractual loopholes and selective memory, we need more mizpah in our lives—symbols of mutual respect and standards of justice


For a Sardine

When we are weak, needing kindness, we rarely gravitate towards the perfect and the pure. When what we need is mercy, we look for someone reeking of sardines.


This Land Is Our Land

Land is not mine or yours or theirs or ours. Land belongs to God, who gifts it to us, who lets us dwell in places. No one wins when we steal God’s land from one another.


Powers and Principalities

Put on the full armor of God in the struggle against evil. Just be sure it’s God’s Adversary you’re struggling against, and not God’s children.


Stubborn Loyalty

What if—instead of quitting the communities that fail us (church, PTA, book club)—we practice stubborn loyalty, trusting that the crucible will make us all stronger and gentler?


Active Ingredient

Gratitude challenges the status quo and disrupts injustice. Gratitude calls us into a new way of living and being, for the healing of the world.


The Facebook Creep

Anger is a valid emotion, yet stewing in anger can eat away at our wholeness. Stewing in anger through Facebook creeping can hurt our journeys toward healing.


The Power of Being Prayed For

Thoughts and prayers get a bad rap these days, but being prayed for is very powerful when we feel disconnected and disempowered. What might happen if you ask for prayer?