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Desiring Death

Her skin is cool and feels like dry paper. Her muscle tone is gone, and her hair has been cut short. The woman I knew who could power walk for miles is now lying in a palliative care bed waiting to die. We spoke quiet words with one another today. She had been a remarkable…

Will Real Hate Please Stand Up

“I hate peas.” “I hate this show.” “I hate winter.” “I hate summer.” “I hate internet trolls.” “I hate violence.” “I hate how you treated me.” “I hate haters.” Definition of hate (Merriam-Webster) 1a :  intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injuryb :  extreme dislike or disgust :  antipathy,  loathing <had a great hate of hard work> 2:  an object…

Women Who Occupy Space Touch

This past week at seminary was fascinating: we were given a text to dig into (pulling out verbs); we then had to place those verbs back into the sentences in which they appeared; but then we were asked to let our imaginations run free a bit and contextualize what those sentences were stoking within us…

Strange Welcome

What expectations do I put on the stranger invited to my Christmas table? I don’t think I’ve really stopped to consider that. I know I’ve been raised in churches that preach and encourage me to welcome the stranger in at Christmastime (and during many other times throughout the year); I know that we are to…

Growing With “I’m Sorry”

“It is when we are angry at our own mistakes that we tend most of all to deny ourselves for love of ourselves. We want to shake off the hateful thing that has humbled us. In our rush to escape the humiliation of our own mistakes, we run head-first into the opposite error—seeking comfort and…