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  • What to Do When You feel like a Loser…

    On Wednesday, March 14 th, 2012

    It’s half way through Lent and forget that sign of of dust they brush on the center of your forehead. I’m bowed over the sink after a teenage daughter’s slammed out the backdoor. Slammed out of my ugly diatribe. And I’m thinking I need something more direct, right there on the middle of brow. Like the “L” sign. The one the Farmer frowns deep ...

  • Free Easter Devotional Book to Make a Jesus Easter Tree

    On Wednesday, February 22 nd, 2012

    I can’t seem to follow through in giving up for Lent. Which makes me want to just give up Lent. Which makes me question Who I am following. Which may precisely be the point of Lent. Last week, I’m standing on a table, snapping the shutter on a bouquet of roses, when by brother calls. Levi picks it up, his eyes twinkling, stars risen early. I can only hope Levi doesn...

  • How Do We Really Treat Jesus?

    On Wednesday, May 18 th, 2011

    In front of Mrs. Gillie’s entire grade six classroom, Kadie Miller* said I was butt-ugly. Did you pick out your own get-up today or did your butt-ugly mama dress you? Sandy Goetz* laughed. That afternoon when the bus doors cranked open and I was finally free, I ran up our gravel lane, and Lissa Turscott* slid down her bus window and whipped a baseball at me, smacking me ...

  • Practice Resurrection: Tomb-Centered Christianity?

    On Wednesday, May 04 th, 2011

    We go to the woods to witness the rising. We have front row seats at the edge of the marsh. We wait. The dog splashes too loud. We wait longer. It’s true: It could be said that I don’t believe in the resurrection of Christ.   We wait for the pond to open, for the frogs to rise, for the shining of wet backs, for the flash of eyes, the glinting gold, and we hold breath...

  • What if more than celebrating Easter- we lived it?

    On Wednesday, April 27 th, 2011

    When dead bodies walk, who can not talk? When the Farmer reads Scripture aloud, what he does for us at the close of every meal, turning the thin pages of the Gospel of Mark right after Easter — I hear the whisper of wild hope. He reads Scripture and the words make me see it — what had happened, after Christ arose. The eyes widening white in black tomb emptiness, t...

  • What an Easter Monday Faith looks like

    On Monday, April 25 th, 2011

    ‘Do not abandon yourselves to despair – We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song!’ ~ John Paul II ‘All new life comes out of the dark places, and hasn’t it always been? Out of darkness, God spoke forth creation. That wheat round and ripe across all these fields, they swelled as hope embryos in womb of the black earth. Out o...

  • …and out of the black

    On Sunday, April 24 th, 2011

    The cornerstone of Christianity is this rotting cell sparking, a heart valve quivering in the pitch, a beetle scratching in the black while convex chest cavity shudders, sunken death inflating with His hot breath, atoms of the second Adam recreating all the universe.   :: :: Can you feel it, within, in your darkest places? He is alive! And in us! (Consider pausi...

  • Waiting

    On Saturday, April 23 rd, 2011

    Waiting   in the shadows of Friday with a mother with a hole in her heart. And she can’t roll any stone to fill that kind of void, quaking chin erupting howling fountains of the deep.   Waiting on Saturday with a woman waiting for death  to come like the tide – right on time. With a husband broke and leaking on this blue marble planet, one rolling ston...

  • When You’re Soul Starved

    On Wednesday, April 20 th, 2011

    and remembering last year… and The Last Supper For three days, for three meals a day, I stand in line looking for food, looking at Jesus eat. The cue for the plates moves slow and soundless. Us women all hungry but no one speaks. We can’t. Barring my three nervous workshops, we all signed a vow of silence for a long weekend. For three days we smile and nod, smile and no...

  • Why a Christian Family May Celebrate Passover: A Messianic Seder

    On Wednesday, April 13 th, 2011

    I shouldn’t have been surprised when the questions came, all these questions rushing like a river searching…. God knew. He knew how all the kids would ask questions. : ::   All the kids asking questions — wasn’t that the prophesy? “When your children ask their fathers in the time to come…’” (Joshua 4:21). And He prophesied our answers to...

  • How to Make an Easter Garden {Christian Easter Activity}

    On Wednesday, April 13 th, 2011

    Our beginning, and our mortal fall, began in a garden. Christ’s beginning to right that fall began in a garden. So children and I, we make an Easter garden. A miniature remembering of the grief of the first beginning, the resurrecting wondering of the all-things new beginning. ::   We gathered a basket, some dirt, some plants at the nursery, a beginning too, th...

  • Living A One-Piece Life: A Good Friday Reflection {His Mother before the Cross}

    On Monday, April 04 th, 2011

    Son…. Son of God… Son of mine… God. Why? From the beginning I have watched and I have listened and I have pondered all these things quiet in my heart — but now I have to ask: why? Why didn’t You come down from that Cross in all Your power and Glory? Why didn’t You blind the chief priests with Your divine radiance? Why didn’t You still all their bl...

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