Carry This Shifting

Carry This Shifting by Thelma Nienhuis I carry the shifting in my bones. The shortening days and open windows and the quiet ache to heat the kettle as the sun sets. The faint pulse of seasonal change traces lines along skin and memory, reminding me of what the long winter days hold for my husband:Continue reading “Carry This Shifting”

Barren Land and Plenty

Barren Land and Plenty by Sarah Freymuth Rough scrape of leaves across pavement. Trees blend of barren twigs for branches, burnt orange, red wine, apple yellow. Invisible God manifested in the breeze cool on my face, gliding through my hair. Dome of blue sky arched around the perimeter of land, jet stream the only punctureContinue reading “Barren Land and Plenty”

A Gift to the World

A Gift to the World by Jana MacDonald We timidly walked up to the old church building, a beautiful stone edifice that has ministered on the same street corner downtown for over a century. Years ago, the local soup kitchen purchased the building when the church had dwindled in size. For that reason, it wasContinue reading “A Gift to the World”

Writer’s Fall

Writer’s Fall by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt Even as a child I didn’t really understand the excitement about new leaves, buds on trees, the denizens of the nests changing. I wanted everything to stay the same. Skeletons should not creak back to life. The dark sorcery of spring fazed and frightened me. The familiar faces made ofContinue reading “Writer’s Fall”

Elsewhere

Elsewhere by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt I am sat just off the bark-strewn path. Legs curled seed-like underneath a spine glowing with the memory of pain. In my mind’s eye I come here often, cheating the seasons. That’s one good thing about having to travel by imagination. Now, when I come, the games teacher in the adjoiningContinue reading “Elsewhere”

Make A Way In Me

Make A Way In Me by Sarah Freymuth You hear, O LORD, the desire of the  afflicted; You encourage them, and You listen to their cry. -Psalm 10:17 You are faithful, even in the midst of the raging storm. You are the God who calms the seas; surely, You can calm the sea in me.Continue reading “Make A Way In Me”

Message on the Mountain

Message on the Mountain by Ashlyn McKayla Ohm Too trite, too terse, too stale, too small—ideas dangled in the air, yet I could hold none in my hands. I needed something to write, some prose to pin to paper. But again and again, my frantic fumblings ended with empty hands. As always happens, doubt stalkedContinue reading “Message on the Mountain”

Mining the Moments for Joy

Mining the Moments for Joy by Sue Fulmore This morning I noticed the ghostly image, as the sun traced the outline of my window upon the sloped ceiling of my writing room. The edges were indistinct, soft. Last night the sun slanted across our kitchen table, haloing the ordinary bowl of soup and freshly madeContinue reading “Mining the Moments for Joy”

Sweat and Sacred Sunrise

Sweat and Sacred Sunrise by Leslie McLeod When I head out to the gym in the morning, the sky is still dark, the stars fighting for the last word with the approaching dawn. I don’t really like to exercise, but I like the feeling a good workout gives me. So I crawl out of bed,Continue reading “Sweat and Sacred Sunrise”

The Spiritual Practice of Gardening

The Spiritual Practice of Gardening by Jody L. Collins “The seed catalogues are a further promise of warm days to come. I class them as fiction and love to read them. Oh, the beautiful roses and tall spikes of delphinium and the flowering bushes-not to mention the carrots as big as telephone poles and theContinue reading “The Spiritual Practice of Gardening”