Part 5: A Seat at the Table

Part 5: A Seat at the Table

It was six days until Passover. Jesus felt the weight of all that meant upon his shoulders. But not tonight. Tonight was his final respite, and he was grateful for it. And there was cause for celebration: Lazarus had been dead, but now he was alive again. His friends saw this as a miraculous, if [...]

Part 3: Oil of Joy

Part 3: Oil of Joy

Sometimes a memory of a person comes back as a single part that is emblematic of the whole. A mother's hands. A sister's hair. A father's strong arms. For Mary, it was Jesus' feet. Whenever they gathered, the men crowded around, shoulder to shoulder, to exchange ideas, listen, debate. It was at such a time [...]

Have a Wonder-Full Year

Have a Wonder-Full Year

Happy New Year! Do you have a word for the year? It's my favorite and most enduring approach to a new year's resolution (and it's only a four-year-old tradition). Year one, 2016, my word was brokenhearted. As I immersed myself in researching and writing Denial, God led me to write a book to help heal those [...]

“God” as a Trigger Word

“God” as a Trigger Word

My heart broke this week as I watched the coverage of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and heard this on CNN: And whenever she hears the word “God,” Carolyn said, flashbacks of abuse keep coming back. “The word ‘God’ makes me think of him [her abuser],” she said. “I just feel like my whole life [...]