When the Phone Rings in the Middle of the Night

When the Phone Rings in the Middle of the Night

Nobody calls in the middle of the night with good news. My normally innocent ringtone turned ominous the moment it broke the silence and woke me from a sound sleep. After being startled awake in that manner, I wasn’t even surprised to hear sobbing when I finally...
When You Actually Need to Let Jesus Take the Wheel

When You Actually Need to Let Jesus Take the Wheel

Before we began our family road trip last summer, I thought about how I’d never been to the Grand Canyon. I thought about how exciting it would be to go places I’d never been, to see things I’d never seen. I even thought about how we’d deal with the heat and the...
When You Can’t Even Get Mad Anymore

When You Can’t Even Get Mad Anymore

“I just can’t even get mad anymore.” I was telling a friend about something I’d seen, and while normally it would have made me furious, this time I just felt sad. Earlier that evening, I’d found myself sitting in an auditorium in shock. Eyes wide and heart...
When You Wish You Could Google Maps Your Life

When You Wish You Could Google Maps Your Life

Please proceed to the route . . . Please proceed! To the route!Please! Proceed! To! The route!Rerouting . . . And then, radio silence. This was what I heard several times during my family vacation this past summer. My husband, two daughters, and I drove from...
To Those Who Are Missing a Place

To Those Who Are Missing a Place

Years ago, our church family split apart, partly over disagreements and difficulties related to a new building in which we planned to meet. I became convinced that having a permanent physical space wasn’t really important for a church. The church was made of people,...

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