No Forcing, No Holding Back

No Forcing, No Holding Back by Ingrid Lochamire The moment I opened my car door, I could hear the creek — a gurgling rush of water, spilling over rocks and roots. The sun-lit flash I had spotted as I pulled into the driveway cut through the center of our new homestead, laying down tracks toContinue reading “No Forcing, No Holding Back”

Necessity

Necessity by Jennie Cesario I watched at a window, a twin winging each hip, as they hollowed you from the earth, careful as surgeons, a dozen work-booted men, each jumping on his own shovel. The man-in-charge, the one who’d driven by the week before and offered us the money, had a sixth-sense about margins: theContinue reading “Necessity”

Incarnate

Incarnate by Leslie A. McLeod Feet that walk in Garden cool, Stride atop tempestuous seas.    Voice that speaks Creation’s all. Hands smear clay:  a blind man sees. Weary head on pillow stone, Laughing eyes in knowing love, Jordan’s droplets in his hair Spirit-kissed by Heaven’s dove. Borrowed flesh paid debts not owed: Shattered torso, hands,Continue reading “Incarnate”

The Crumbling Mess of My Heart

The Crumbling Mess of My Heart by Sharla Fritz Ruins everywhere. As I walk the site of an ancient city in Israel, I sigh at the sight of destruction. I see nothing left but stacks of well-worn stone. Tumbled-down walls of rock. Debris from past lives. Remnants of greatness. These disintegrating leftovers of a townContinue reading “The Crumbling Mess of My Heart”

The Women Heard

The Women Heard by Michelle Henrichs ”Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb, bringing the fragrant spices they had prepared.” (Luke 24:1, CEB) The women heard that something happened in the garden after dinner. The men were overcome by exhaustion unable to keep watch. ThereContinue reading “The Women Heard”

Restoration

Restoration by Hadassah Treu I need you in the ruins of my heart, in all the wounded, desolated places where darkness comes in as a flood, I need your tender, healing grace. Restore the ruins of my life search out all the cracks and gaps, invade them, filling them with light, erase all paths toContinue reading “Restoration”

Things I’m Good At

Things I’m Good At by Charity Singleton Craig “Good job,” my husband said, when I hopped back into the warm SUV. We’d just finished eating yet another pandemic Friday night dinner in the car and had driven to a CVS Pharmacy to dispose of the leftovers. I’d made the quick dash from car to outsideContinue reading “Things I’m Good At”

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens by Chavon Barry I stare out the backseat van window spotted with raindrops that enlarge and then race in forked patterns over the glass. Ready, set, go. I tease two twin dots. They accept my challenge and fall. I can’t tell which one wins. One curves left and the other slowlyContinue reading “Better Homes and Gardens”

December Grief

December Grief by Stacey Nalean-Carlson Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Lights through tears are a living thing moving in place, now blurred, now brilliant, magnified. Eyelids close in unbounded regret, squeezed shut in a silent scream, but even then the light lives— rainbows dancing on water, Advent hope magnified.   Stacey Nalean-CarlsonContinue reading “December Grief”

Leaky Vessels

Leaky Vessels by Wemi Omotosho We are all apparently earthenware. Vessels cleverly crafted with care and designed by a loving Potter, a Master of His trade graced especially in the working of clay. But what if. What if you didn’t think you are good enough  to be a vessel? A receptacle meant to hold. IContinue reading “Leaky Vessels”