Mother’s Day for All of Us

Mother’s Day for All of Us

I have always had a strange relationship with Mother's Day - it has held the biggest both/and for me of the Hallmark holidays, and this year that both/and has only increased. Growing up, our family wrestled with the dance of how to celebrate my mom and stepmother and also honor the powerful life and legacy [...]

my miscarriage story

my miscarriage story

(Trigger warning:  miscarriage) Over the last three months, my husband and I have experienced two miscarriages. One just before 5 weeks and now currently one in the process at 8.5 weeks. I’ve heard this described as such a strange and lonely grief—indeed it is. I find myself simultaneously wanting to tell everyone and also not [...]

waiting, silence, darkness – child of weakness, watch and pray

This day - this day between the burial and the resurrection - this day where lingering hope must have felt stifled, where unanswered questions overwhelmed, where darkness seemed to envelop, where life must have stilled, where grief dominated and silence was impenetrable. Last night, our Good Friday service walked through the final words of Christ [...]

No Longer Outside the Wall

No Longer Outside the Wall

a Holy Week devotional adapted from a homily I presented at my church on Maundy Thursday 2013... Each year of my childhood, my church would offer a Maundy Thursday service where they also held the traditional Jewish Seder meal in celebration of Passover.  Honestly I tried to concoct many clever excuses in my early years [...]

Sierra Leone – on story and song

Tayll Ahm Taynkee, Tayll Ahm. Tayll Papa Gohd Taynkee. What He Do Fah Me, I Go Tayll Ahm Taynkee. Only a few short weeks ago, I was sitting with my family in a dusty room with faded paint, which could not contain life and hope from radiating inside its walls. It was here, in this [...]

on darkness and sunrise

As with most of us, my heart is full and cannot shake the shocking and overwhelming news of the Newtown shootings last week. Such darkness. So many unanswered questions. And every single day in the news, there are more devastations from around the globe of atrocities my brain cannot quite grasp. And I look around [...]