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Do Justly, Love Mercy

On February 23, Ahmaud went for a run. By now, you know the story. Two men chased him down in a truck. They eventually drove away, but Ahmaud was left bleeding out on the road. No one was arrested for 74 days. My husband and I have a dear friend—a Jesus-loving, country-serving, life-saving doctor friend. He also likes to run. [...]

By |2020-05-08T21:10:27-06:00May 8th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Negative Space

Clouds of chalk floated through the dappled light. Three children, tongues out with concentration,  filled in shapes. Triangles and trapezoids covered the weathered wood fence, hemmed in by painter's tape. Fingers gripped coral pink and seafoam green and sky blue and soft yellow, rubbing them up and down the wood. When rain drizzles truncated the project, we pulled off the [...]

By |2020-04-18T14:08:49-06:00April 18th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Exposed

This virus is exposing so many things about us, isn't it? Exposing our dependence on entertainment. Exposing our flurry and "busy" and rushing. Exposing the things we did out of obligation or expectation, not purpose. Exposing our addiction to normalcy, to comfort, to safety. Exposing our expectation for instant gratification. Exposing whether or not that house we work so hard [...]

By |2020-03-28T13:03:45-06:00March 28th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Let’s Go to Church

It hit me with a rush of emotions on Friday afternoon, just how much has changed. My 4-year-old daughter and my 6-year-old niece are interacting over FaceTime, playing happily. I hear mostly one side of the conversation from the kitchen while she delightedly runs from the library, where the iPad is, to her bedroom and back again countless times. They [...]

By |2020-05-03T09:57:25-06:00March 22nd, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Psalm 23 in Quarantine

It's so surreal, isn't it? Coffee shops shut down. Museums shuttered. Churches live streaming. Commitments cancelled, task lists reshuffled, priorities transformed. It seems the only safe place is a wide, open field six feet away from your closest neighbor. Wait—Isn't there a verse about that? He makes me lie down in green pastures. He restores my soul.     This [...]

By |2020-03-19T09:49:42-06:00March 19th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Do the Next Thing

This frail, weak woman in a wheelchair had changed the world. Not in a gratuitous sense. Not simply as a statement. Not in a nice, you-had-a-nice-life scenario where we get to the end and draw concentric circles around a random arrow, then claim we hit our target. No. This woman had actually changed the world. This was Elisabeth Elliot. Wife [...]

By |2020-02-22T08:59:06-06:00February 18th, 2020|Devotion|5 Comments

Overzealous Brushing

My idealistic, focused, ministry-working, 70-hour-a-week self constantly ignored the reality of the dentist. Don’t tell anyone, but for over ten years, you would have never found me inside a dentist's office or sitting in a hygienist's chair for that all-important bi-yearly cleaning. At first, I was just too busy serving. That's what I told myself. Then, it was simply procrastination—"I'll [...]

By |2020-02-12T09:37:06-06:00February 12th, 2020|Devotion|2 Comments

Let in the Light

Camera in hand, I would linger long around the cathedral's outside. The external walls, bathed in the warm afternoon light, called for photographic exploration. Only after thoroughly exploring all sides of the cathedral, would I peek inside for a quick snap. St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria. Perhaps it's the nature of a European cathedral, of entering the Catholic [...]

By |2020-01-18T16:52:34-06:00January 18th, 2020|Devotion|4 Comments