god’s dream for us is revolution

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“Good morning, Revolution: You’re the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on.” -Langston Hughes   Some things have changed a lot since Langston Hughes wrote those words, but we are still awaiting the deep work of revolution to take its place in our world and in our lives. We need some miracles. Christianity, at its roots, offers us the opportunity to live beyond the comfortable and the usual in our…

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my window prayer for belonging

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“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone…

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why you need to be loved more than you deserve

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Everyone is a big liar about turning forty. It isn’t the new thirty, or even the new thirty-five. It is forty, and it may take me a while to get used to it. I haven’t been able to explain why this particular birthday has been so hard to process. After all, I love my life. I’m more fully myself at 40 than I was at 30. I am in a deliciously happy marriage. I have…

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hey grieving heart

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Hey there, grieving heart, I see you.I know you by sight and by feel and by smell. I have held you shaking in my arms, salty tears streaming down my shoulder. I have seen you crack and hide and run away from the light. I have heard your cries, and I know your weariness.I suppose there are people who believe you are an enigma, or at the very least a rarity here in this western…

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on race, church, diversity, and all the love

By | a year on the front row, article, diversity, friendship | No Comments

For a long time now, a few thoughts have rolled about in my head, like a heavy load in the trunk of your car, waiting for a hard right turn to thump them against the wall of the trunk space so they can be remembered. These thumping thoughts are about race and culture and the belonging birthed by the love God has given us. I will start at the beginning. I am a white woman,…

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the lantern of friendship

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Last night we gathered to celebrate Gibson. We carried in plates of crackers and cheese, bottles of lemonade, pans and bowls full of food, and then we all took deep breaths and let the friendship and love flow. We talked about kids’ school, music, old memories, and funny stories. In our hearts were the beautiful words Beth wrote about healing and loving after Gibson’s birth last year. In our minds were all the days we…

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chinese spaghetti

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Yesterday I drove to central Austin to pick up a Chinese woman we are hosting in our home this week. I was a little nervous. I really knew very little about her. I knew her name is Esther, that she speaks very little English, that she brought orphans from China to visit America and meet prospective parents, and that she is four months pregnant. My thoughts all orbited around her pregnant state. I’ve been pregnant…

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the debt of grace

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Sometimes my friend Amelia lets the Lady hold her wedding ring. There are a lot of ways to bond with a four year old girl, but this by far has proven to be quite successful. Little girls do love pretty, shiny things. In her hand is not simply a sparkly, expensive thing, that a man gave to the woman he loves. It is a symbol of forever love, the proof of a vow that links…

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