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”

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”

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”

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”

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”