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”

Wait of Glory

Wait of Glory by Nichole Woo An Advent prayer based on Luke 3:25-38 Sovereign Lord, We wait. Like Simeon, we bear the chains of a nation and world oppressed – longing for consolation. As he waited in Jerusalem, so we do here, for the redemption of all things lost: We wait in exam rooms andContinue reading “Wait of Glory”

When They Leave

When They Leave by Nancy Ramsey it is a wonder these small sufferings departures separations absences whether for months years or the rest of one’s earthly days it is a wonder how mourning turns slow to unthought-of gladness for fleeting awareness of the Christ the invitation to discern as through glass dark new knowing ofContinue reading “When They Leave”

A Feather in Winter

A Feather in Winter by Michele Morin “The feather flew, not because of anything in itself, but because the air bore it along. Thus am I a feather on the breath of God.”  Hildegarde of Bingen Sister Hildegarde knew we are all “feathers on the breath of God,” and it’s an image I struggle toContinue reading “A Feather in Winter”

After Christmas

After Christmas by Cheryl Grey Bostrom Ache, your velocity rises with the drop in my heart’s barometer. No windbreaks here, you grow to a howl in my mown inner fields—low pressure zones, short of breath because those I love have flown home again, crossed state lines, and my arms are empty. Ache, you swirl memoryContinue reading “After Christmas”

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty by Katelyn Jane Dixon Before the beginning, I imagine our world as a tiny diamond floating in space, a rock among countless shining others. Not special, but waiting— little knowing she was about to be kissed awake. I imagine You, in all your solitary splendor. not needing, but wanting— leaning forward with aContinue reading “Sleeping Beauty”

The Garment of Sadness

The Garment of Sadness by Paula Peckham Sadness is a heavy garment. A well-made garment, with tightly-sewn seams. We can forget—for a moment—that we wear it. It would be easy to drown under that garment. So easy. But faith is persistent. Insistent. And it seeps through those tightly-sewn seams one drip at a time. Unceasing.Continue reading “The Garment of Sadness”

The Work of The Garden

The Work of the Garden by Michele Morin There are no minutes in the garden– only rows, a measure not of time, but of task. In the first garden, Adam was given the task of naming: zebra and musk ox; cheetah and gerbil. He punched no clock, but poured out creativity, fulfilling his role. EveContinue reading “The Work of The Garden”

The Body Speaks

The Body Speaks by Gina Butz The knots in my shoulders are where I store all my secrets all the unspoken emotions the burdens I wouldn’t give to someone else They live there, huddled together weighing me down If I could open them, a flood of a thousand tears would pour out The unspoken griefContinue reading “The Body Speaks”

The Gardener

The Gardener by Wemi Omotosho I’d heard it said. Rumours, whispers, conversations. Masses declared it. Proclamations of hope that He made all things new. I looked around the muck saw the mess and dirt. How can He make this new? Wanting to live like His daughter but failing to do better hypocrisy nipped at myContinue reading “The Gardener”