Rest in Hope

Rest in Hope

I have a love/hate relationship with hope. I love the possibility of a hope fulfilled. I hate the fear of disappointment. I remember loving hope, and hating it, too, when I entered an essay contest in grade school. I had eyes for one prize only – the 110 pixie camera, all new and glorious in […]

Life’s Soundtrack

Life’s Soundtrack

Soaring melodies. Pulsing rhythms. The Pandora Gladiator station pounds epic movie scores through the seams of the garage, and I half expect to see heroic acts of valor when I push open the door. Instead, I’m greeted by everyday life. A car with its hood propped open. Spark plugs. My husband leaning into the engine […]

I Didn’t Go to Africa

I Didn’t Go to Africa

The church is warm, hot really, which isn’t surprising considering it’s the middle of summer in Kansas. My stomach sends nervous signals that make me fidget. As insistent as the signals are, I’m unsure – or afraid – of their meaning. Do I get up? Do I walk forward? Do I not? The missionary stands […]

Steadfast Love

Steadfast Love

We are, most of us, well acquainted with Ecclesiastes’ carousel of seasons whirling in life – times to mourn, dance, weep, laugh. While we wish to hide tears and seek laughter instead, there is no hide-and-seek to play. The seasons – they just come.

My heart turns often with the grief of others, and mine, to this prayer: