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My Chalkboard: Sandra McCracken

From Sandra McCracken's beautiful new album Desire Like Dynamite. I sang this song ("Go") in my head all the way to the post office Wednesday to mail the book contract. It's becoming my Brave Girl ...

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 3

[caption id="attachment_5104" align="aligncenter" width="502"] "Light your candles quietly, such candles as you possess, wherever you are" -Alfred Delp[/caption] Vol. 3 - Defiantly Demanding Redemption “In sober fact there is little romance or beauty in the thought of a young woman looking desperately for a place where she ...

Conversations with Ourselves

Today I have the honor of guest posting at Preston Yancey's blog in his series "Conversations with Ourselves" in which we are given the opportunity to explore what our present self would like say to our past self (or vice versa). It was a gift to be forced to look at myself and love her, to give her grace. So grateful for ...

Lament and Faith and Childhood: Why my kid and I read the sad Psalms

A year and a half ago, when my son first dreamed that a walrus (yes, I said a walrus) had entered his closet and rummaged around, I could not make that screaming child feel safe again, no matter what I tried. First, I lied about my own power: Look! I have Walrus spray! I’ll just spray your closet and he’ll never want to ...

Andrea Palpant Dilley: Doubt, Flat Tires and the Goodness of God

I first noticed Andrea Palpant Dilley when she shared her testimony in front of our church. That was  sometime in September, four weeks into my new life in Austin. And, I couldn't help but notice: She spoke like somebody who loved words. I decided right then, I'm gonna make her be my friend.  Thankfully, she started a ...

{Practicing Benedict} Do not disappoint me…

"When the decision is made that novices are to be accepted, then they come before the whole community in the oratory to make solemn promise of stability, fidelity to monastic life and obedience ... Novices must record their promises in a document ... Each must write the document in his or her own hand or, if unable to ...

To Lose Faith is to Stop Looking

“To lose faith is to stop looking.  To lose faith is to decide that all you ever saw from afar was your own best dreams.”               -Frederick Buechner I’ve had that quote on a sticky on my desktop for years now. I don’t know where I first read it. I simply read it. Every day I read it. I’m a ...