The Parsnip Girl

From the window of my van where we sat stuck in traffic, I watched her pull tops off the parsnips, picking through a stack to choose the best for her family. As she sat them on the scale, I thought maybe she didn’t want to be charged for the extra weight the useless stems might … More The Parsnip Girl

A Love Letter

A few weeks ago, someone asked me to write a letter to my someday-adult-daughters explaining my heart and hopes for their faith… here’s what I wrote. // My Dear Girls, My favorite time to enter our church’s sanctuary is mid-week. In the quiet. When the lights are off and the hot summer sun is softened … More A Love Letter

God of Plenty

So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe – people and things, animals and atoms – get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood … More God of Plenty

It’s Not Political

Do you know what an orphanage with a whole room full of babies sounds like? It’s utterly silent. When babies learn that no one is coming to get them, they stop crying.  But don’t mistake this silence for a sign that all the babies are content and everything is ok.  The first night my 17-month-old … More It’s Not Political