The scars under our ashes

The scars under our ashes

by Elizabeth Hunter Something happened at church—probably three Ash Wednesdays ago—that got me thinking about scars. After the imposition of ashes, our family began trooping back to the pew. But my youngest child stopped me in the middle of the aisle, gesturing for me to bend down. “People are staring at my face,” he whispered […]

A place for all God’s children

A place for all God’s children

by Lisa Heffernan Just about every Sunday morning, three men from a nearby group home for adults with disabilities come to worship at the congregation I serve. Accompanied by their carer for the day, they enter the sanctuary and say hello to the ushers and me before picking up bulletins and taking their places in […]

Beyond perfection

Beyond perfection

by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni My six-year-old daughter Natalie is like a lot of first graders: equal parts serious and silly, old and young. She often comes home from school full of newfound wisdom to share, as though she were the first person ever to discover subtraction or photosynthesis. . . and she still plays with […]

A God who shows up

A God who shows up

by Emily Heitzman I just don’t understand people who start playing Christmas music right after Halloween. I have friends who do, especially my former colleague who could not wait to get her hands on Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” album the minute she took her costume off. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a cranky […]

Faith reflections: Making room for baby Jesus

by Susan Schneider And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7) Growing up as a child of missionaries in the Philippines, Christmas trees were uncommon. We did not decorate a […]

Traditions to break and create

Traditions to break and create

by SommerAnn McCullough Every year about this time, as I prepare for Thanksgiving and the rush of the Christmas season that is soon to follow, I look forward to the many traditions my family keeps. I love choosing the first Christmas playlist that we will listen to while preparing Thanksgiving dinner, snuggling up to watch […]

No regrets?

No regrets?

by Angela Khabeb It was the day after Thanksgiving 2005, Black Friday, the shoppers’ delight. As my friend, Michelle, and I pulled into the mall parking lot, I had a terrible, but fleeting thought: My baby hasn’t been very active today. But I quickly dismissed the idea. I swept it away, telling myself, you’re tired […]

The first day

The first day

by Jenna Pulkowski It’s that time of year when my social media frequently remind me that summer break is drawing to an end and the school year is beginning. Friends with school-age children have started posting “first day of school” pictures, saying goodbye to summer break and hello to the school year rush. Since I’m […]

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