the friendly skies

somehow it has been arranged and i’m leaving my life for a few days.  i’m going to summer in april.  i’m going to waiting welcome.  god does the strangest thing in his body – he gives friendships that don’t end. it is not a rule and it doesn’t happen everyday, but somehow i have friends

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by the spirit alone

let’s pretend today.  let us make believe that we are the people that we want to be.  that we can put on different clothes and once we pull them over our heads, we will be new people, living in new worlds.  is being a different person that easy? Don’t lie to one another. You’re done

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moving boxes (part 3)

not for vengeance did the lord put them in the crucible to try their hearts, nor has he done so with us. – judith 8, 25-27 (apocrypha) “tell everyone at the same time.” our midwife lost her husband the year before.  she’d walked through the giving of news to those who loved them again and

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moving boxes (part 2)

no visitors. this was my decree from the hospital bed. we were there long for the surgery and the waiting for tests to come back and let us know, with no doubts, that it was true.  josh would leave to go and do the transporting of our lives that we’d packed into so many boxes.

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promised land

a flesh and blood example of faith in modern america – a drink offering poured out – gets soaked up in two seconds flat in the desert of the church. the church is a desert. i know i am. last night two brave souls laid their lives out bare like bones found, and rightfully theirs,

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clara

i sit next to her in the lunchroom.  we are at a table off to the side and an aide hovers, helpful, watching. the little girl next to us tells me for the thirtieth time that umbrella starts with the letter u and it is beginning to bug me.  usually i don’t mind.  when monique

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i liked this day

gratitude list ~ one thousand things ~ #411 – 418 saturday morning in detroit prayer far pink light on the frozen lake one room at a time new baby chasing the sun around the house the wideness of his mercy january tapped like a maple tree

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winter birds

we traveled the state today. michigan is unique. when you head north you end up seeing trees you don’t see in detroit. you breathe air that isn’t available downtown. we traveled and now children are tucked in and josh is reading a book and i am thinking of a friend that traveled a lot further

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what i really wanted

i look outside and the wind howls sharp and blows a frozen line of white down our road.  it slips like a thin snake of cold moving fast to who knows where.  it has been grey.  cloud cover insulates us and i forget so quick the sun.  the lull of a muffled life, safe and

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god in the flesh

“i ask not only on behalf of these, but on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.  as you, father, are in me and i am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

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