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Music Under Tension

My curious Kindergartener's fingers had just brushed the strings of a guitar. Instead of hearing sonorous sounds like the kind that stream from the speakers in our kitchen, an atrocious sound filled the air. *Thwump* "It sounds terrible! Why does it sound so bad?" For a guitar to make beautiful music, its strings have to be tight. When a musician [...]

By |2020-08-23T15:17:10-06:00August 22nd, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Messages from the Master

We love him so much more than C3-PO. Friendly, witty, helpful. He's the sidekick droid you always wanted. In fact, R2-D2 was the robotic ally for many of the heroes in the Star Wars universe. Han. Leah. Anakin. Luke. Obi-Wan Kenobi. Rey. Yoda. That chirping droid saw—and knew—everything. He carried messages, collected data, and navigated intergalactic conflict with resilient humor. [...]

By |2020-07-26T12:46:12-06:00July 26th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Worry Is Wasted Energy

The street light's yellow glow wafted through the window panes in the dark night. Surrounded by books, notes, scribbles and outlines, I was eight hours from the end of my last college semester. I wish I could tell you that I had responsibly mapped out my projects, planned out my papers, and scheduled out my time. But no—it was officially [...]

By |2020-07-09T05:56:13-06:00July 8th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Does My Life Qualify as Canon?

When the books in the New Testament were initially penned, I wonder if the writers knew they were the Holy Spirit-inspired authors of holy Scripture. Like many things Spirit-inspired, I wonder if the act of picking up a pen or dictating a sentence to a scribe  was simply a natural, dedicated, and focused part of their day. Surely Matthew and [...]

By |2020-06-07T11:47:14-06:00June 7th, 2020|Devotion|2 Comments

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