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Essays | 01

| I'm writing at our breakfast table, journal open, black ink on skinny lines.  The rain is slowly dripping off our grey deck.  The light floating in is grey, matching my grey and white tablecloth.  Knobby, naked trees beaded with rain drops stand watch outside.  But there are bright yellow daisies in a vase ...

Growing Up an Altar Girl

Before I was talking, I was humming along to the spoken liturgy at church.  Before I could see over the dark, wooden pews, I was standing and sitting in the sort of dance prayer the Catholic Church engages.  My earliest memories are filled with kneeling during communion in white tights and crushed velvet dresses, ...

Spiritual Disciplines Like It’s 1999

I've always appreciated being grouped in with the Millenials because I remember exactly what I was doing on December 31st, 1999.  I was thirteen and my brother and I watched the first Matrix that afternoon (which was more terrifying in the light of Y2K, the internet, and Keanu Reeves).  I went to a sleepover at my ...

Advent Stories (O Come, O Come Emmanuel)

The minute Advent starts (with the lighting of those glorious candles) I'm catapulted to the hills those shepherds were sitting on when they saw that first angel.  I know shepherds were rumored to be a rowdy bunch and that it was unlikely there were any women among them, but I'm there nonetheless, watching over sheep, ...

A Love Story in 3 Parts

  I. I never knew God as someone to find, but rather as someone to meet.  And meet God I did, in the dewy, green grass before nightfall in my childhood backyard, in the stars over my head while I lay flat on my back in a plastic paddle boat in the middle of our pond, in the light coming through the tall trees ...

Dying Good Deaths: A Review of Rachel Held Evans’ Searching for Sunday

Rachel Held Evans, popular blogger known for addressing questions people are afraid to ask in Christianity, tweeted and asked for 300 people to receive an advanced copy of her latest book, Searching for Sunday.  A little community formed on the internet after we all received the book, posting our favorite excerpts and ...

Easter Vigil Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: God With Us

Easter Vigil is my favorite holiday in the church calendar.  Vigils, in general, are right up my alley.  They’re like Christmas Eve — right before the high holy day, darkness surrounding people kneeling in churches lit by candlelight, quiet souls the first to welcome the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as guest. ...