Infinity Within

Infinity Within by Sarah Freymuth Smoke rises into the night, plumes of flame in the barrel. Stars scattered across the sky; Milky Way bow tie stretched against the black. My friend Jordan and his pipe, sweet scent of tobacco. We scan the dark, silent water, which stretches on and on, shrouded in the back ofContinue reading “Infinity Within”

Hope Among Thwarted Plans

Hope Among Thwarted Plans by Rachel Britton My husband turned the key in the lock. “We’ll live here for ten years at least,” he said as we stepped over the threshold. I smiled. After twelve months of house hunting, we had signed papers on the perfect home. Blue wisteria flowers hung over the doorway, formingContinue reading “Hope Among Thwarted Plans”

Rain in the Desert

Rain in the Desert by ST Chapman I call them prayer walks. But are they really? I walk, I meditate, I plan, and I just appreciate. I imagine as I set out from my car that Jesus is walking with me. I invite him and of course, he graciously agrees to come along. And IContinue reading “Rain in the Desert”

Value in Brokenness

Value in Brokenness by Elizabeth Singletary As I entered the next exhibit at the museum, I was aghast at the broken pieces on the floor and appalled someone would destroy museum property and walk away.  When I attempted to pick up the broken pieces, I was stopped by the guard who exclaimed, “That’s a pricelessContinue reading “Value in Brokenness”

When I Fear I Have Lost My Flavor

When I Fear I Have Lost My Flavor by Deb Beddoe Sometimes, discouragement knocks hard on your door and it takes everything in you not to invite it in to share a giant piece of chocolate cake. Sometimes, you let it in. And you eat the cake. And the leftover spaghetti. Sometimes, discouragement crawls intoContinue reading “When I Fear I Have Lost My Flavor”

Grace in the Growing

Grace in the Growing by Ashlyn McKayla Ohm Flowers must be fashioned from forever. I am a writer, not a gardener, preferring to cultivate sentences rather than seedlings.  So I still cannot understand what compelled me to visit a gardening shop this spring and return with an armful of tiny plants.  Perhaps it was theContinue reading “Grace in the Growing”

Through A Glass Darkly

Through A Glass Darkly by Sue Fulmore “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” I Corin. 13:12 KJV We have a new mirror in our home. It is beautiful, round and gold-rimmed withContinue reading “Through A Glass Darkly”

The Faces in the Trees

The Faces in the Trees by Diana Gruver We walked over to meet her dogs. Our daughter heard them barking, and in response to her insistence, I nestled her in the wagon and we walked down the lane. It wasn’t the first time we’d met a neighbor because of her canine obsession. We paused byContinue reading “The Faces in the Trees”

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”