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”

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”

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”

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”

Tetelestai: “The Masterpiece Is Finished”

  Tetelestai: “The Masterpiece Is Finished”by Amy Catlin Wozniak It’s there on the closet door. Black and smudgy against the white enamel. An inky fingerprint. Ryan’s fingerprint. I’m deep cleaning Ryan’s room as I always do before the holidays. Vacuuming corners and washing woodwork and walls when the jolt of seeing it sends me spiraling.Continue reading “Tetelestai: “The Masterpiece Is Finished””

New Year Wide Open

New Year Wide Open by Sarah Freymuth Snow shakes from the tuft of clouds like salt falling from its holder. There’s a freshness in the air that’s breathing quiet, steady. Cold is smooth, like satin on my exposed skin. And above in bare branches, birds speak with one another, their whistling coos calm across theContinue reading “New Year Wide Open”

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”

I Wonder

I Wonder by Bekah Jane Pogue I wonder, if when God designed the cosmos, did He clap his hands in gleeful delight? Did he grin as Spirit-dust fell on sweet souls below, making its way into their essence? Shimmering and drawing one another through a familiar connection? Did he dance as Spirit-dusted sojourners weaved andContinue reading “I Wonder”

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”