Darkness Came Over the Whole Land

The priest’s eyes met mine as I knelt at the altar rail. “The Body of Christ,” he said, placing the wafer into my cupped hands. “Broken for you,” and it rent with a crack so loud I gasped. My eyes pricked with tears as I examined the fractured halves in my palm. Broken. For me. […]

Let Us Keep the Feast

Today’s post is from my dear friend Kristin. Know her. Love her. Holy Week, for me, brings to mind the quiet power of tables. In my childhood church, we gathered around long tables on Maundy Thursday, to share a Passover meal. We were United Methodist, and our tables were spread in the unassuming basement fellowship […]

What Is Man?

I honestly can’t believe my dad said yes to this. I asked him to contribute to the Lenten Reflections series, and he kindly acquiesced, though I do have some leverage, being his daughter and all. I just wish you could see him in his fancy black robe, his crisp collar poking from underneath, his shining […]

Pressing Soles to Soles

The first movie we took our first baby to see in a theatre was Tarzan. I checked out the reviews in the paper, because that’s how you did things in 1997. We packed a bag of hovering parent necessities: The Triumverate (her favorite blankets), a soft toy, a sippy cup of water, training pants. She […]

Of Palm Fronds and Finish Lines

In the spring of 2010, I crossed the finish line of the OKC Memorial Half Marathon with one of my dearest friends—my first half marathon. We ran it in the cold rain, with frozen toes and wearing garbage bags. My friend and I laughed much of the way through the stew, hopped up on our […]

Brandi Chastain, Perfection and Modesty

I’ve been thinking a lot about Brandi Chastain lately. Remember her? She’s the rock star soccer player in that photo up there. She is celebrating the US Women’s victory over China in the World Cup in 1999. Her spontaneous and glorious and very fun celebration earned her both accolades and vilification. While one group rallied […]

HBO and The Gospel

This fall and winter, I watched every season on HBO’s The Wire. While I could wax philosophical about the characters and their needs, their compulsions, their flaws, what I loved most about The Wire, and in fact, a key feature in many of HBO’s original series, are the perfectly executed set pieces. That’s what I […]

The Grown Up Secret

Oh, joy! Beth is one of my dearest friends. She is a confidant with a wicked smart wit and she is one of three people I will text during Steelers games. Welcome to Beth. The Waiting IS the Hardest Part In his hit song, The Waiting, Tom Petty gets it right – the waiting IS […]

Of Fat Babies and Food Stamps

The baby had fat cheek and fat legs and fat fingers. He smiled through his chubby face with pure baby joy. His crocheted giraffe hat smashed down on his fat baby head and his blue eyes peeked out from under the giraffe’s, um, snout I guess you’d call it. His mama unpacked jar after jar […]

Skinny Is All?

Just yesterday, I took a stroll down the “dietary aids” aisle at the grocery store where I bore witness to so many promises inside shiny packages. Teas, supplements, powders, bars and gels. Tiny drink shots and veritable buckets of bulk builder. Most of it is so processed it can hardly qualify as food. And that’s […]