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  • Letters to the Wounded {#1}

    On Friday, March 08 th, 2013
    And after sharing Letters to the Wound {#2} this week? …. I went back in the archives and pulled out Letters to the Wounded {#1}. D ear Wounded, You were bleeding quiet in my inbox. I read your letter slow, line by line, the way one follows the trail of smearing salty red back to
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  • Letters to the Wounded {#2}

    On Monday, March 04 th, 2013
    Dear Thriver, You didn’t just survive, so let’s toss that myth right at the outset. I’ve seen you living chin brave through the hurt and how you keep taking one step out of bed and one through the door and how you scale mountains by relentlessly taking steps forward. The way you keep walking? You’re
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  • How Women Can Get Radical For Their Sisters

    On Tuesday, February 26 th, 2013
    When you pick up the garbage in the streets of Minoterie, there’s the sun burning up the back of your bare white neck. And crumpled tin cans and sucked-dry water bags and an AIM toothpaste box and empty rum bottles. And barefoot boys kicking a ball, and boys begging you for just one swallow water,
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  • What Does a bit of Radical Christianity Really Look Like —- Right Where You Are? {Pt 2}

    On Wednesday, January 23 rd, 2013
    When I first read her story on the screen, I want to drive a for sale sign into the front lawn and sell all the pigs. Mainly because I don’t think I can shoe horn a few hundred hogs into a suitcase — and there’s now way around it: my heart’s already left on a
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  • The Truth about Sandy Hook: Where is God when Bad Things Happen?

    On Monday, December 17 th, 2012
    When the guy with the glasses and guitar stands at the front of the chapel, in the middle of Nowhere Country, and tells us all to stand, I’ve got no idea if I can. I don’t know if legs can hold a heart this heavy. I don’t know if anyone can stand straight in a
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  • What We All Need to Really Breathe

    On Tuesday, November 13 th, 2012
    Six times my mama lies in ER this past week, waiting news. Good doctors can have degrees and no answers. My sister gives up long days and advocates on knees and in waiting rooms and Mama and her, they sing hymns and drown out clocks and fears. I rub Mama’s feet during the short nights
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  • Because We All Have These Days: When We’re Just Hanging on by a String

    On Wednesday, September 26 th, 2012
    I crack the eggs and the pan sizzles and there’s a kid hanging upside down off the couch, trying to knit a scarf. “Remember to use the plastic spatula and not the steel one, Mama? Remember what Dad said?” And her curls are all hanging down touching the floor and she’s doing a row of
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  • How to Live the Really Best Bucket List

    On Tuesday, August 28 th, 2012
    When I’d picked up the magazine lying on the seat next me, the pages fell open to this editor’s column — about his bucket list. “We all have a bucket list – whether it is written down or tucked somewhere in the back of our mind just waiting for the right moment to transition over
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  • 10 Real Ways You Could Really Be the Change in the World

    On Thursday, July 19 th, 2012
    In the days after, my throat about seals off. On the edge of the bed in the dark before morning, all I can do is is sit at the edge of the world and close my eyes, wince through every hard searing. It hurts and it doesn’t matter because there’s no getting around it —
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  • The 1 Thing You Really have to Know About Your Family

    On Tuesday, July 17 th, 2012
    Iam not going to lie. When your kin comes knocking on your own back door — come to ask how that trip to Haiti went — how can you look them in the eye and lie? How can you lie still when babies are drowning in a sea of poverty? How can you not scream?
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  • How to be One of the Strong …………… {and What Christian Sacrifice is Really}

    On Monday, June 18 th, 2012
    That’s the thought that struck me standing there with all of them under the sky. That collapsed all the clouds into this one loop of surprising wonder. How could I have ever known he’d be a father like this and in Christ, is anything ever really a sacrifice? On a weekend about fathers, we stand
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  • When You Feel like You Don’t Belong?

    On Wednesday, June 13 th, 2012
    Someone has to be that Mother. That mother who drives a full 3 hours to the border with a packed mini-van and anxious kids and creeps through a 20 minute traffic backup under the hot, beating sun, only to rifle through her wallet and look up feebly to tell the custom’s officer she doesn’t have
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