spirit of god

april showers

there’s this part in the bible.  i think it’s in the old testament somewhere.  it’s god talking to his people.  he says that when they get to the promise land, when they get everything they want – even more than they ever knew they’d possess, […]

all to reveal a secret we can’t hide

  during communal prayer at church, anyone can say anything.  i’ve heard mothers weep for children and homeless men go off on political rants. last sunday i had a prayer in my throat. but i think and rethink.  i wonder how i’ll say it.  i’m […]

how sweet the sound

he placed his spread hand over his heart and told us that this was a sincere gesture. and he was right.  i do that.  if i hear news that touches deep, my fingers fly up and lay down flat, a shield for my heart as […]

sincere and pretend

and then it was december 25th. as soon as we find out we are pregnant, we put the tv out on the curb.  wanting to have integrity about raising a child without one, we thought we should get rid of it before they even arrive. […]

herding butterflies

if my life were dusted for prints what would the evidence point to? where would you find me most of the time? there would be a lot of prints on the computer, on my iphone. you would find my steering wheel covered as i head […]

spring weddings

flowers splay and the air coming through my daughter’s bedroom window is painted pink with magnolia blossoms. out there spring has roared. how does quiet make such a noise on the landscape? i walk with children under the dogwood branches and the holy spirit is […]

intentional love

“are you willing to give up your other passions so that people can hear about jesus?” well wouldn’t you know it.  i thought there for a while that there was no further to go. i knew that when i bowed my head that one morning […]

on being loyal

i remember driving along and praying for the interaction i was about to have.  i prayed for patience and the ability to hear god.  i prayed that she would see jesus and that i would be kind. and then i had to laugh. i’d been […]

resurrection on his mind

“We had supposed our lives to be so utterly ordinary.  Sin-habits dull our free faith into stodgy moralism and respectable boredom; then crisis rips the veneer of cliche off everyday routines and reveals the side-by-side splendors and terrors of heaven and hell.  Apocalypse is arson […]

faith without works is sometimes okay

when we moved into detroit i thought maybe things would let up.  i thought there would be a breather after hearing and listening and going.  but instead i keep eyes peeled and i examine every option wondering what god is up to.  wondering what to […]