On Trying To “Fix” Ourselves

I still struggle with self-love. I have a garden in my heart teeming with green seedlings, the result of hundreds of hours of steady watering, weeding, and the occasional emergency overhaul. My self-love is growing. But it’s still frail and small. Sometimes I still wonder if I’ve learned anything at all. But I trust theContinue reading “On Trying To “Fix” Ourselves”

Why Prayer Is Like Lightning

I think I was in high school when I learned how lightning actually works. Before that, I assumed that the static charge built up in the clouds, and then for some inexplicable reason decided to streak down to the earth to ground itself – the same way static charge usually found its way to theContinue reading “Why Prayer Is Like Lightning”

When Our Ideas About God Hurt Us

When I was in university, I attended a Baptist church on campus. The people seemed nice, and I appreciated the chance to go somewhere on Sunday mornings instead of hiding out in my dorm room. But even though the worship songs were beautiful, and the people in the pews were warm and caring, I leftContinue reading “When Our Ideas About God Hurt Us”

Stepping Out in Faith

I have a memory of my father teaching me how to skate. He patiently knelt down in front of me on the bench to help me lace up my skates, and then led me by the hand as I penguin-stepped out to the ice. At first, I just walked on the ice. Dad let meContinue reading “Stepping Out in Faith”