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”

The Artist

The Artist by Wemi Omotosho Each blade of grass is a brushstroke on His canvas. His fauna of diverse beauty of many colours embroidered. Nature in full swing tells of Him. The glory of the Divine in shades of greens and happy yellows, new life springs with His Spirit surge as flowers bloom and saplings emergeContinue reading “The Artist”

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”

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”