life

Falling Behind (a personal essay)

Falling Behind (a personal essay) 1920 1271 Caroline Bardwell

From my perspective, our human instinct is to navigate life as if we were going for a long hike on a beautiful day. Although you believe you are capable of…

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Begin-Again

Begin-Again 1920 1280 Chris Wheeler

Life is in the Begin-Again (dust and blood and birth); in You Who Are, the Beginning that begets all beginnings. Each morning I am again, blinking through the after-death and…

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Weep With Me, O Lord

Weep With Me, O Lord 1920 1281 Caroline Bardwell

My Lord, I am battered, my spirit is bruised, my weary heart shattered, my energy used. Your child is stuck struggling to manage her grief; so desperate for love and…

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Turn, Turn, Turn

Turn, Turn, Turn 1920 1279 Patrick Connors

Give up your crooked ways and your evil thoughts. Return to the Lord our God. He will be merciful and forgive your sins. (Isaiah 55:7, CEV) The Earth will turn on its…

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The Making

The Making 748 400 Prasanta Verma

Scattered, broken particles must be remade after life on earth snaps, crushes each bone, sinew, and organ into first-born molecules Dust catches in throat— chokes irrelevancy Smeared ashes reconstruct into…

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Summer

Summer 1920 1276 Jeremy Lane

The sun is forcing mid-morning light through the curtains by the time your eyes are open and the whir of the air conditioner is the only sound. What time is it?…

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Hold Tight To Hope

Hold Tight To Hope 1920 1279 Sarah Rennicke

Though You say You’re with me always, I feel left high and dry. You brought me so close to sweetness and then snatched it away and slammed the door on…

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First Day

First Day 1920 1280 Jeremy Lane

The alarm on the window sill begins to fade in and you slowly come to life and roll onto your back. You didn’t sleep well, or at least enough, because…

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Every Day

Every Day 1920 1280 Jeremy Lane

The truth is, the sun will rise one morning somewhere in the future and before it sets you will have taken your last breath as a human being on this…

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4:30 a.m.

4:30 a.m. 1920 1213 Jeremy Lane

It’s 4:30 AM. Somewhere a baby is sleeping. Somewhere a single mother is lying awake, asking God how she’s going to pay the rent. Somewhere a man is leaving for…

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A New Year’s Lament

A New Year’s Lament 1920 1032 Kelly Belmonte

I mourn the way we once marked passages by distance rather than time, how we measured miles instead of minutes, felt the fleeting nature of our very selves instead of…

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One Big Happy

One Big Happy 1920 1440 Kelly Belmonte

Christians who drink Christians who get drunk Christians who talk about Christians who drink while sipping Constant Comment Christians who wear ripped jeans to church Christians who never wear jeans…

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