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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?


Don't Kill the Messenger

When something stresses me out, my inclination is to ignore it. But when the smallest provocation angers me, it’s a sure sign that there’s a reality I am trying to deny.


Bed Bugs

When Jesus said, “Do not store up treasures on earth,” I don’t think he wasn’t talking about people who live on little. Jesus was talking to the pampered people, like me.


Trinity

The beauty of the Holy Trinity is that it pushes us past definitions for God—beyond protector God, beyond tangible Jesus, beyond surprising Spirit. Because we need them all.