Good Friday

In 2011, God was silent. I didn't stop believing, but I was numb. Numb like cold fingers in the middle of winter: on the brink of frostbite. I was terrified of losing the religion, the community, and the language of faith that had been central to my life as a child and young adult. The … Continue reading Good Friday

prayer

A smile between strangers. Watching the robin hunt for insects, folding three loads of laundry, dropping boiling water into the teapot. Writing in your journal, listening to your spouse, sharing: a meal, a ride, Your load. A cool breeze that cuts through humid air. The clack of boots on asphalt. Going, and leaving. Habit and … Continue reading prayer

Lenten reflections & goals

I grew up an Evangelical Christian, though thankfully within churches that provided a broader worldview than strict fundamentalism. Although I don't recall hearing any explicit anti-liturgical speeches from the pulpit, there was a below-the-surface distrust of liturgical traditions as well as a widespread belief that Catholics weren't really Christians (though I never understood that). The … Continue reading Lenten reflections & goals

walks

It seems we're addicted to walks, at least during this curiously warm week in the quiet days before regular life demands our attention again. On Monday, I went for a walk by myself to clear my head, twisting and turning through residential roads. There's been some drama - and some loss - in my circle … Continue reading walks