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”

Gilt Gift

  Gilt Gift by Jody Collins Sometimes I guilt myself right out of joy. Like the surprise of an iridescent butterfly from an unsightly cocoon, who would expect this shimmering show in morning sunlight? My eyes trained on Northwest firs framed in blue, frosted feeders, feathered presents hidden among the trees. Moments pass. I’ve heldContinue reading “Gilt Gift”